Many think of Girlguiding as a traditional organisation. However, Girlguiding is much more than that – in fact, it could not be more different! They have moved forwards so much since the ‘good old days’ of airing the hessian of the Icelandic tents, sewing buttons on and the Hostess badge – although these do still feature as part of learning about traditions and history of Girlguiding.
You will find the modern Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Ranger earning badges from Story Telling, to Space, Aviation, Mixology, Blogging and much more! And learning about ‘Leadership’, ‘Mental Wellbeing’ and ‘Exploring the Outdoors’ amongst other skills. All of this, whilst having fun, making friends, learning skills for life and those all-important Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards!
During the recent year of restrictions and uncertainty, Girlguiding Gainsborough gave some of their members consistency and routine through virtual meetings – they even have a virtual sleepover with another one happening at Easter! They realised how important it was being able to adapt into this unknown territory of meeting online – although a bit scary to begin with, the girls soon became accustomed and look forward to discovering what the items in their kits are going to make next. Not to mention those toilet roll middles which came in useful for junk modelling with things found around a ‘normal’ household – a challenge for Leaders too!
They have had girls, young women and leaders be involved in all sorts of activities and opportunities out there, some of which can only be done in Girlguiding. Camping, sleepovers, day trips out, playing in Girlguiding music groups, community projects throughout the UK, training Leaders in Aruba, sailing in the Fastnet race… the opportunities are there for all girls and young women, and for leaders too – to get qualifications in things like archery and narrow boating and be able to take girls on adventures near and far! To have an amazing and fun time whilst meeting new people, join today at www.girlguiding.org.uk.