Tenderfoot test in luxury environment for new girl guides

The girls proudly showing their teddy bears during the Teddy Bear Lunch Party.

The girls proudly showing their teddy bears during the Teddy Bear Lunch Party.

THE Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur was filled with enthusiasm as some 1,500 students gathered at the Girl Guides Association of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur branch’s mass enrolment.

The students from 45 secondary schools had an early start participating in various guiding activities in a luxurious surrounding where they hunted for information about the basic principles of guiding and attempt hand-tying knots, besides other fun activities.

After the activities, the girls gathered at the hotel’s grand ballroom neatly dressed in their Girl Guide uniforms and received their enrolment badges.

Speaking at the event, Girl Guides Association Malaysia Kuala Lumpur branch president Datuk Yeoh Soo Keng said such event was important as schools only had limited sessions for co-curricular activities.

“Schools are allocated limited time for co-curricular activities in a year and to carry out this tenderfoot test in school, it would take four sessions, which would leave the school with too few sessions for other interesting activities.

“Also, organising it in such a luxury hotel allows students to be exposed to an international environment and new experience while accompanying teachers can learn new things too,” she said.

She added that she wanted to ensure the girls had fun and not feel pressured when going through the tenderfoot test before being enrolled, in line with the association’s tagline “Guiding is Fun in Kuala Lumpur.

Yeoh said that there were currently 7,000 girl guides in Kuala Lumpur and aimed to achieve 10,000 within the next two years.

The momentous occasion also saw a cake-cutting ceremony to commemorate 102 years of guiding in Kuala Lumpur.

The event was made all the more livelier as the girls celebrated with a heart-warming Teddy Bear Lunch Party, where they brought along their teddy bears.

Prior to that, the freshly-enrolled girl guides were taught to set up a Western table setting before being treated to a sumptuous Western lunch.

Chuah Huey Xin, 14, from SMK Taman Connaught said her favourite activity in being a girl guide was marching as it taught her teamwork.

Renuga Devi, 13, from SMK Seri Bintang Utara said she made a lot of new friends since becoming a girl guide, while her schoolmate Nurin Hani Sofea Md Naziron, 16, liked the activities that were carried out by the association.