All posts by Janice Blair

Guiding through Lockdown

I run a Rainbow unit and a Ranger unit.

From the week before lockdown was announced I have run weekly Zoom sessions for my Rangers. They have been nothing to do with Skill Builders and UMAs, just games, fun, lots of laughs and a chance to have a bit of ‘normality’ during strange times. 7-8 Rangers joined in every week to play escape rooms, mars bar game, battleships, scavenger hunts, beetle drives and soooo much more. The Rangers have all loved it but I think I loved it a little bit more….

Rainbows were completely different. Every six weeks or so I posted out a pack of activity suggestions. These included bits from UMAs and interest badge clauses along with things I thought they would find fun. Each of these activities could be done with what they have at home, paper, pens, blankets, teddy’s etc.

I also sent each Rainbow little story books of the fun Rainbow Bear was having at home. Rainbow bear has been making smoothies, dressing up, doing her agility badge and lots more.

I wasn’t keen to do Zoom with the Rainbows as I couldn’t see how we would keep their attention. Finally, in September, we took the plunge and had a half hour Zoom session with them. They loved the Scavenger hunt and playing Kim’s game. It was so nice to see them having fun!



Clydebank Rainbows 30th Birthday Bash

Clydebank Rainbows had a fabulous time celebrating their 30th Birthday at a fun-filled day at Finlaystone Estate on 4th June. Over 50 girls attended, and the excitement started as soon as everyone climbed on to the big bus!

All of the girls enjoyed ranger led activities, exploring the park, playing on the giant pirate ship, picnic lunches and shopping for souvenirs.

We had a great time building amazing dens, complete with sofas and armchairs made from the finest wood! It was back to the 70s with space hoppers, sack races and welly boot whanging! We found all sorts of creatures and critters on our mini-beast safaris, and we looked at them very closely under the magnifying glasses.

Everyone was prepared for rain with welly boots and waterproofs, but the sun shone all day and we finished with the birthday song and mermaid party bags for all the girls.


Mermaid Mayhem in Dumbarton

The 8th Dumbarton Rainbows have been working towards their Mermaid Mayhem badge in celebration of the Rainbows’ 30th Birthday. As part of this, we incorporated our end of term party and made it an ‘Under the Sea’ theme. We ate lots of yummy sweets and food and we played lots of great games! Three of our girls also made their promise this night as well. It was a fantastic night had by all and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was a great end to the year and a brilliant start to summer!


Clydebank Girls Hit Cumbrae

Thanks to Awards for All – 6th Clydebank Guides had an amazing weekend at Cumbrae Watersports Centre.  We all had a go at Windsurfing (some even managing to do it on their head!), Canadian Canoeing, Pico Sailing, Catamaran Sailing and Dingy Sailing.

The instructors were great, the food was fab and the accommodation was shear luxury – a highly recommended outdoor experience.


Vale of Leven Brownies lend a hand at Christmas

3rd Vale of Leven Brownies collected food, toys and treats to give to the Milton Animal Home for those pets who are still waiting to be adopted this Christmas.

We also made Christmas cards to send to the local care home for their elderly patients who may not receive many cards.


Cardross Brownies meet First Minister

1st Cardross Brownies had a great day at Dynamic Earth and Parliament, they met the First Minister of Scotland for the ‘Hear My Voice’ badge! The First Minister even witnessed our 5 new Brownies making their Promise!


Vale Senior Section London Spectacular

Vale of Leven South Senior Section spent a spectacular 72 hours in London celebrating their 1st year and The Senior Section’s 100 years. A Sleeper train down (where thankfully there was some sleep), before a stop at Platform 9 3/4 and onwards to Pax Lodge. We then spent the day exploring London including a trip to the Strangers’ Gallery in the House of Lords to watch a Debate and then dinner and theatre when we were enthralled by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; inspiring a late night trip to M&M world. That was the end of day one! Days two and three were just as packed with two visits to Buckingham Palace to allow our whole group to experience the Changing of the Guard from inside the Palace forecourt! A highlight for all! A bus tour and a boat tour with a Right Royal Afternoon Tea in between was topped off by a London Eye flight as the sun was setting over London with Promises and BP presentations taking place. We were so busy we ate dinner at Midnight! Before leaving London we got to explore Covent Garden! Lots of happy but tired Senior Section members with plans for their next adventure already forming in their heads had a great time!

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3rd Vale Guides have a relaxing evening

To finish off the Scottish Senior Section Spectacular badge we had a relaxing pampering night, resting our eyes and drinking tea! We even made paper cups (although we didn’t risk drinking our tea from them).

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Vale Guides visit to Soar and Wonderland Sleepover

23 members of 3rd Vale of Leven Guides had an Alice in Wonderland themed sleepover before heading to Soar and Climbzone for some fun. Everyone had the chance to complete the Skypark with some choosing to climb and others choosing to drop! Great fun!

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