The legendary Girl Guide tradition of selling biscuits is coming to an end.
Customers were lining up outside Countdown Lynfield to buy their favourite biscuits and to donate a bit more to the Guides. The stand was ably managed by Chimay and Maia, with the support of their respective parents who helped them to relate politely to others, work out the correct change and restock the stall.
Chimay (9) is with the Girl Guides at Iona, Blockhouse Bay. Her dad had also been moving plenty of biscuits at his work. Maia is with the Brownies at Iona and has been involved for about 18 months since migrating from the UK.
For both girls it was the first time doing a stall and they were enjoying the experience. They had also done door to door sales, but without EFTPOS it was a problem with people not having cash available to buy the biscuits.
Guiding will certainly lose a lot of visibility in the community when they discontinue biscuit sales, but the parents and organisers probably won’t miss the huge commitment involved.
Girl Guiding has been in New Zealand for 110 years and is the largest girl-only organisation in the country.