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Update 16 April: Temporary Fee Waivers for all Members

In times of crisis family help each other out, so we’re helping our Guiding family by temporarily waiving membership fees for both our Classic (currently Virtual) Group Guiding and our Explore Digital Guiding options.

For group guiding members, Guiding will be free for the next Guiding block, 10 weeks from April 28 – 3 July. For Explore members, Guiding will be free for 2020. 

Right now, more girls and families than ever need what Guiding offers – connection, routine, normalcy and friendship. Guiding builds confidence and resilience. Therefore, we’re extending this offer not only to our current members, but those who want to join our Guiding whanau.

This is a loss of income of $510,000, which we consider it a worthwhile investment in our community. However, those who wish to and can afford to support us with a donation can do so here.

You can read more about what free Guiding means here.

We had fortunately already taken the unprecedented step of suspending face-to-face Guiding activities from 23 March onwards and so, currently: 

  • All face-to-face unit meetings, camps, training and other activities are suspended for the remainder of this term.  We have moved to Virtual form of Group Guiding 
  • Alternative delivery options to enable Virtual Group Guiding are availableWe have a wide range of fun and learning based activities for girls to do at home
  • Our staff teams are available. We implemented our plans for all staff to work from home, which they now are 
  • Our Government remains our ‘one source of truth’; we will continue to monitor and follow their advice as it comes to hand
  • We have compiled some FAQs for you here. If your questions is not answered here, please email [email protected]

GirlGuiding NZ is not ‘closed’; #VirtualGroupGuidingNZ activities for all sections are available in a range of different forms.GirlGuiding NZ will continue to support and empower girls and provide options that ensure they have access to the activity, camaraderie and fun of Guiding until we can safely resume face-to-face meetingsIn our 112-year history we have done this through other pandemics and two world wars.   

Now more than ever our wider community can benefit from what Guiding brings – resilience, confidence, a sense of community and leadership. We know that our girls and volunteers will bring these qualities to the support of each other and their communities.  

To support our wider community, we have also developed a challenge campaign that can be accessed by anyone who would like to – we encourage any family looking for fun and educational things to do to follow us on social media and participate in the fun using the hashtag #youbetheguide.

Please do follow the advice from the Ministry of Health, follow updates from the Government and remember that Healthline has a special free-phone available and is there to support you as well: 0800 358 5453.