Guides from Lancashire South East have just returned from an unforgettable adventure weekend, called ‘Guides off the Grid’ in Ormskirk – where they were challenged to switch off all technology and get back to basics, through a variety of different activities.
Together with their leaders, the girls Rochdale, Heywood and Oldham joined over 400 girls from across the North West for the ultimate outdoor challenge. It was an action-packed weekend with a wide range of activities including; a high ropes course, climbing, abseiling, raft building, archery and orienteering.
The event culminated with a spectacular finale – an It’s-A-Knock-Out, giant inflatable assault course, complete with water pools and foam – in which girls competed in teams with new friends they had met over the weekend.
Amy Thulborn, aged 10 from 9th Heywood Guides, said: “The whole weekend was fab! I loved everything and made some new Guiding friends. The highlight was competing in It’s-A-Knock-Out.”
Imogen Zallman, aged 11, from 32nd Rochdale Guides added: “I liked being challenged with the activities we did. It was a lot of fun and my favourite was the It’s-A-Knock-Out!”
Alex Johnstone, aged 14, said: “I had a great time at Guides off the Grid and made loads of new friends. This isn’t my first time taking part in adventure activities, I’ve done it with Guides before. My favourite activity was the high ropes course – it was so much fun!”
Julie Bell, Region Chief Commissioner said “Guides off the Grid gave our girls from across the Region a fabulous opportunity to experience some great adventurous activities. The guides gained skills whilst having tons of fun and mayhem!”
Aiming High – Imogen Zallman (32nd Rochdale Guides) (11) takes on the Climbing Wall!
Guides from Heywood set sail on the raft they built
Oldham Guides with their Leaders at Guides Off The Grid
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Young women from 14th Oldham Guides joined hundreds of fellow Girlguiding members in London to kick off celebrations for 100 years of The Senior Section.
Sixteen Guides aged 10-14, from High Crompton, joined over 5,000 girls and young women aged five to 25 at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 February at a huge girl-only festival.
The two-day event, called Spark, saw girls and young women step out of their comfort zone and take on adventurous activities such as bouldering, bungee trampolining, caving and zorbing.
There were so many opportunities to try something new and take on a new challenge – just like in the Senior Section itself. The two-day event called Spark, saw girls and young women step out of their comfort zone and take on various activities including adventurous ones like bouldering, bungee trampolining, caving and zorbing!
Other activities included a silent disco, roller disco, huge inflatables, virtual rowing and there was even a petting zoo and a BMX bike stunt display team! Luckily there were also some relaxing activities to try such as Yoga and Indian Head Massage.
Erin Mason, aged 10, said: “I had an amazing time at Spark! My favourite part was building a solar powered car! It was fun, but difficult to get them at the right speed.”
Sara Harrison, Leader of 14th Oldham Guides said: “We had such a brilliant day! Our Guides have experienced so much and had a great time doing it. We handed some very tired girls over to the parents!”
Open to all girls and young women aged 14 to 25, The Senior Section offers a host of amazing opportunities to older girls in guiding – from international travel and adventure to advocacy and leadership skills. There’s so many opportunities to try something new and take on a new challenge.
Over the past 100 years, Senior Section members have witnessed the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, swum the Channel, attended the UN Convention on the Status of Women, and represented Great Britain at the Olympics.
Celebrations will continue across the UK until October, taking in mountain marathons in Scotland, a carnival fiesta in the Midlands and a democracy festival in London.
A special steering group of Senior Section members have been involved at every stage of planning for the year – consulting widely with girls in guiding, and making decisions in everything from event design and activities to logistics.
Gill Slocombe, Girlguiding’s Chief Guide, said: “The Girlguiding adventure continues for young women right up to the age of 25, and this spectacular year of celebration is a great chance to shine a spotlight on the incredible achievements of our Senior Section members.”
“These inspiring young women have been at the forefront of planning and leading an unforgettable year of adventure, challenge and excitement for their peers.”
“Girlguiding’s Senior Section has evolved over the last 100 years as the lives of girls have changed. But vitally, in an increasingly complex world, Girlguiding continues to offer a safe space for young women to develop confidence, find their voice and reach their potential.”
The Senior Section enables girls and young women aged 14 to 25 to be involved with Girlguiding in a flexible way, with each young woman choosing her own level of commitment; from attending a Senior Section group to training as a Young Leader with Girlguiding’s younger sections, Rainbows (5-7 year olds), Brownies (7-10) and Guides (10-14).
Many members opt to become inspiring mentors to their peers – delivering sessions on body confidence and healthy relationships to younger girls in a safe, girl-only space.
Senior Section members also drive Girlguiding’s advocacy and campaigning work, speaking out on issues affecting girls at the highest levels of government.
For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.
Four members of 11th Ramsbottom (Holcombe) Guides are celebrating after receiving the highest accolade for Guides – the Baden-Powell Challenge Award.
Lauren Moppett (14), Amber Hewitt, Rebecca White (both 15) and Annabelle Worth (16) received their awards at a recent presentation evening at Emmanuel Holcombe CE Primary School – where the group hold their weekly meetings. The awards were presented by Jenny Burton – Bury North Division President.
The teenagers completed a range of exciting activities over a twelve month period to achieve the award, including organising and running a mini Olympics; building a bivouac, sleeping overnight in it and then making breakfast; and volunteering at a local Rainbow Unit each week.
Rebecca said “I particularly enjoyed the residential camp after I had completed all the award clauses, we had lots of fun and made new friends”
L-R: Jenny Burton (Division President), Kathryn Fry (Guide Leader), Amber Hewitt, Annabelle Worth, Rebecca White, Lauren Moppett, Janet Howarth (Guide Leader), Lynne Warner (Holcombe District Commissioner).
Guider Leader Kathryn Fry said: “We are very proud of the girls for completing their Baden-Powell Award”.
Janet Howarth – another Guide Leader added: “This marks the end of a lot of effort and dedication, and is something they can look back on with pride for years to come”.
Guides must complete ten challenges in different categories – which include Healthy lifestyles, Global awareness, and Celebrating diversity – as well as the Baden-Powell Adventure Challenge residential camp.
Girlguiding gives girls and young women their own space to have fun, be themselves, build brilliant friendships and gain skills.
If you want to get involved, contact Girlguiding on 0800 1 69 59 01 or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.