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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!


4th Lenzie Brownies raise £1500 whilst completing Charity Badge

Two Brownies from 4th Lenzie, Emma (8) and Gabriella (9) who were both inspired by people close to them decided they wanted to raise money for different Cancer Charities as part of their Charities badge and were the first two girls in the unit to complete badges from the new programme.

Over several months, Emma and Gabriella have managed to raise a grand total of £1570 between them whilst completing their Charity Badge.   Emma was keen to support the local Marie Curie hospice after a family friend had to be admitted and Gabriella wanted to support Cancer Research after her Nonna passed away from cancer five years ago.

Family friend, Leigh Fraser said: “Emma started to take an interest in fundraising when my dad Brian Fraser (66) was admitted to Marie Curie in March.

“He was only in there for six days before he passed away on March 19 this year, but Emma knew all about the oxygen machine he needed to move there from hospital and how much it cost. It was a new machine and the only one they had, my dad was the first patient to use it.

“This encouraged Emma to start fundraising to provide vital funding to allow people to have a comfortable place for their last days together”.

The girls each raised funds from a variety of activities, Emma began with a bake sale at Brownies, then the 5k race for life, followed by organising a fun family BBQ day at Lenzie Golf Club and raised a whopping £840. A special thank you to Lenzie golf club captain Paul Graham and donations from friends and family.

Gabriella meanwhile had been training since January; when she decided to complete her swimathon – the most she had swam was 30 lengths.  On the weekend of her 9th birthday Gabriella raised £730 in memory of her Nonna by swimming 60 lengths in 49 minutes.

A massive congratulations to both girls – what an achievement!


6th Clydebank Guide, Gaia, takes a trip to Italy to revisit her scouting roots!

Gaia who joined 6th Clydebank Guides last summer from Italy, returned to her roots to visit her local Scout group. During the summer holidays, Gaia was in invited to participate in a camp with her original scouting unit. She had a wonderful time away, taking her Guide uniform with her to represent Girl Guiding and show them her new weekly uniform. With great pride, she received a Citizen of the World badge. We are delighted to hear that Gaia was able to share the true meaning of Guiding and Scouting; making friends and being part of a dedicated group which unites all over the world.

Gaia couldn’t pick out her favourite part of the trip saying she enjoyed every bit! Gaia said “I really enjoyed playing with our leaders because they dressed up as Madagascar penguins, another member dressed up as an octopus and we had to find the octopus – then he became our friend, it was so much fun! We also cooked, befriended some animals, and looked at the stars where I saw the Big Dipper!”.


Mairi makes memories at Denmark Dash

Mairi Paterson (Young Leader at 1st Waterside Rainbows and 5th Kirkintilloch Guides) has returned home from an unforgettable trip to Scandinavia – touring around Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.  Mairi was selected to represent Girlguiding Scotland as one of 18 girls at the Denmark Dash challenge held in Copenhagen, alongside 350 girls and volunteers from all over Scotland.

As part of the Denmark Dash challenge, Mairi and her teammates raced against Girlguiding Scotland members to visit famous landmarks and complete an assortment of challenges such as taking the most creative selfie, trying to speak Danish and tasting their local delicacies.

Whilst on the trip Mairi learned about the Vikings in Oslo, visited Stockholm’s ABBA Museum and braced the icy waters of the Allas Sea Pool in Helsinki.

Mairi recounted “Travelling across Scandinavia was an amazing experience. We got to see so many sights and try so many new things. My favourite part was visiting the Abba museum in Stockholm and getting to meet girls from all over Scotland. I’d never been on a trip like this before and it’s given me the confidence to go on other adventures. I know I’ve made friendships and memories that’ll last a lifetime.”


Bearsden Bake Off Success!

At the start of the month (3rd May) 1st Bearsden North Guides hosted their annual fundraiser event, the highly anticipated Bakeathon! On the night, Guides within the unit entered a piece of home baking into the competition,  the baking was then placed into the appropriate category and a winner from each section was crowned star baker. Throughout the evening we had friends and family come along and join us for tea/coffee, tombola, and a bake sale (from the cakes entered).

Thanks to everyone who attended, it was a wonderful evening and we raised just under £150! We’ve put together a mini gallery of images to display our show-stopping entries – enjoy!


Western Division Rainbow’s Fin-tastic 30th Birthday!

We are delighted to hear that ALL of the Rainbow units in the Western Division had a fantastic day out on Saturday, celebrating their 30th Birthday at Loch Lomond Shores Sea Life Centre! A great day out learning all about sharks, seahorses, and fish!


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.


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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Vale of Leven South Senior Section

Vale SS SpectacularHave been having a great time working on the Senior Section Spectacular Challenge focussed on tea, especially as we have our trip to London this summer when we will be having Afternoon Tea in the city as the final part of the challenge.