Members of Lily Ladybirds and Kilcummin Ladybirds, Killarney, were among 300 girls to celebrate Ladybirds’ 30th birthday at Fota Wildlife Park at the weekend.
Ladybirds are the youngest members of Irish Girl Guides aged five to seven.
Ladybirds travelled from all over Munster to take part in the birthday bash. A further 300 Ladybirds from other counties travelled to Dublin Zoo for a simultaneous celebration.
Ladybirds, who meet each week in their local community to take part in activities, games, songs and crafts, loved the opportunity to meet up with Ladybirds from other counties to celebrate their milestone birthday.
“All the girls had a fabulous day with music, dancing and a big cake at each event,” said Monica McDonnell, Chair of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) Ladybird Branch. “There was a brilliant atmosphere and everyone had a great time.”
“The Ladybird programme encourages girls to care and share, to think of others and to contribute to their local communities,” said Monica, who is Leader of Cúchulainn Ladybirds in Drogheda. “Each girl is encouraged to try her best and learn new skills and is rewarded for doing the best she can.
“The girls can earn badges for all kinds of things, like Road Safety, Healthy Mind, Performing Arts, Environmental Awareness, Voting and STEM. During their time with us, we see the Ladybirds grow in confidence and independence while making new friends and having a lot of fun.”
Irish Girl Guides welcomes new members from age 5+ and volunteer Leaders from age 18+. No previous experience of Guiding is necessary. See www.irishgirlguides.ie for more information or tel: 01 6683898.