Girlguiding has just celebrated turning 110 years old and is still finding ways to engage, enthuse and involve their members in exciting activities.
Members of Petworth Division were disappointed when their annual activity camp in Petworth Park was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak so some of the guide leaders came up with camp@home – a social distance camping experience inside or outside the home.
Members from the youngest Rainbows to Rangers and adult leaders across the Division units were challenged to do activities that covered various camping skills with a special badge to earn. The activities included pitching a tent or creating an indoor den to sleep in, packing a bag, cooking something on an open fire or over a tealight, decorating bunting for VE day and creating campfire songs along with enjoying some family time with a guiding theme.
Nearly 200 members from 14 units across Petworth Division took part and various ideas followed on from the event including an interest in holding unit zoom meetings, completing weekly challenges and starting new interest badges all while still being stuck at home.
1st Billingshurst Guide Hannah said, “I have been to Petworth Park three times! This was a bit different but I still enjoyed sleeping outside in the garden and being able to do activities in a different way”
An event badge competition took place which was judged by Sue Parry, Petworth Division Commissioner and the winning badge was designed by Chloe Newman from 1st Plaistow Guides with her sister Lola from 1st Ifold Brownies being awarded 3rd place. 2nd place went to Gracie from 2nd Storrington Guides.
Girlguiding comprises of Rainbows 5 – 7 years, Brownies 7 – 10 years, Guides 10 – 14 years, Rangers and Young Leaders 14 – 18 and Leaders 18 +. If you would like to join then register your interest on www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested