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Chaos at Catterburn for hundreds of girls

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Girlguiders headed to the countryside for a day of fun in the sun at Catterburn Chaos.

The event saw hundreds of Brownies, Guides and Rangers from across Dunbartonshire head to the Catterburn campsite, near Croftamie, on Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4.

The girls enjoyed inflatables, crafts, Highland games and a circus skills lesson. This year, the Royal Navy’s STEM team also took part, teaching the youngsters about pneumatics, robotics and circuits.

Event organiser Lynne Gibbons said: “We’ve had lovely feedback from Brownies, Guides, Rangers, leaders and parents about Catterburn Chaos.

“The event’s success is due to our amazing volunteers who do everything they can to ensure the girls have great experiences and make wonderful Guiding memories.

“Between event staff, and leaders accompanying their units, about 100 people were involved each day in making the event happen – ranging in age from 14 upwards. They all worked hard, but they enjoyed themselves – one of our more senior volunteers was even seen brandishing a water pistol – and they’re all due huge thanks.

“We’re also very grateful to Mathers of Dumbarton, for their donation of generators at short notice, to GAP Hire for their free Portaloos, and to the Royal Navy STEM team, who provided the Guides and Brownies with a range of STEM activities which I know were very popular with the leaders as well as the girls.”

Catterburn Chaos took place during Volunteers’ Week, which runs from June 1 to 7 every year. The dedicated week of celebrations honours the millions of people across the UK who volunteer within their communities.

A spokesperson for Girlguiding Scotland said: “Volunteers are vital to the growth and future of our organisation.

“Currently we have over 10,000 girls on our waiting lists due to not having enough volunteers in Scotland. Volunteering does not have to be a high commitment.

“We support flexibility and believe that any help no matter how small or large can make a huge difference to the lives of girls and young women.

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities available as a Girlguiding Scotland volunteer, visit

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