Beaudesert Girl Guides comes to a close

Beaudesert's Girl Guide Hut. Photos: Jocelyn Garcia
Beaudesert's Girl Guide Hut. Photos: Jocelyn Garcia

BEAUDESERT Girl Guides is shutting its gates to the community after more than 70 years of memories.

Diminishing numbers and little support for the guide leaders has forced acting district manager Beth Hern to close the hut.

Ms Hern said two Beaudesert girls had been keeping Girl Guides alive in town for more than five years.

She said guide leaders Megan Grummitt and Grace Stevenson gained their Leaders Qualifications and ran the guide unit in Beaudesert while juggling university.

“(They) have done a magnificent job but unfortunately they have not received any support,” she said.

“They are down to just two Girl Guides.”

Ms Herns said the dedicated leaders were also expected to move out of the area for job prospects with no one to take their place.

She said she was disappointed with the fall of the community group and the decision to shut down Beaudesert Girl Guide was not easy.

“This was a very hard decision to make and one that has been made with heavy hearts,” she said.

“We will all be very sad to see Girl Guides close its door in Beaudesert.

“Guiding is a wonderful experience for young girls, offering a wide experience and an opportunity to learn life skills, appreciate the outdoors through camps and various outdoor activities and most importantly to have fun and make new friends.”

Ms Hern said a final meeting will be held for anyone who wished to show their appreciation to Miss Grummitt and  Miss Stevenson for their commitment.

Guides Queensland will be making the final decision on what will happen regarding the future of Girl Guides in Beaudesert.