Anzac Day 2016

Girl Guides ACT & SE NSW Region

Service Opportunity

Dear Guide families,

As you would be aware, ANZAC Day this year falls on the Monday before Term 2 starts. Girl Guides from around Canberra have traditionally assisted with the National ANZAC Day March, and this will be happening again this year.

Final details are not available yet, but based on previous years this is what you should expect:

Guides aged 5-9 – work in small groups (with an adult) to distribute sprigs of rosemary before the March begins, and then get to join the end of the parade themselves.

Guides aged 10-14 – join youth members of other organisations to carry the name placards behind which each group congregate and march.

Guides aged 14-17 – are invited to form the youth colour party at the beginning of the March.

Generally, girls are asked to be at the meeting point across the road from the Australian War Memorial at about 8:30am and need to stay until after the ceremony which usually ends around lunch time (12:30pm ish).

All Guides must wear full and correct Guide Uniform. This includes:

  • Guide polo shirt
  • Navy slacks/skirt/culottes/neat track pants (jeans and cargo style or “cut off” pants are NOT appropriate)
  • White socks & dark shoes/sneakers (prefer black, but clean white sneakers are OK – coloured shoes and socks are NOT appropriate)
  • Navy broad brimmed or Guide bucket hat with NAME
  • Promise badge and neat sash (a hidden safety pin will help it stay up)
  • Longer hair should be securely tied back to look neat and out of the way
  • All Guides should have a note with an emergency contact name & number in their pocket
  • If the weather is cool or cold a plain navy sweatshirt (Guide logo OK) or Guide fleecy jacket or hoodie could be worn. Ensure it is NAMED.
  • PLEASE NOTE: The uniform requirements for the youth colour party (Senior Guides ,14-17) will be slightly different this year and enforced. Please ensure you carefully check instructions distributed by Region to ensure your uniform is correct.

Specific information for this year, including meeting spots and times, will be emailed out from the Region team closer to the time. Participating in this service activity can be used towards different badge work and is also a great opportunity to participate in a community event.

Please be aware that the March always has a significant media presence and any Guide participating may have her photo taken and/or appear in footage that may be published in newspapers, TV, or online.

If you have any questions about this event please contact your Guide Leader.