It’s About You – The final awards

Finally after being delayed by storms, airline collapses and global pandemics we managed to present the final awards from our Presentation Evening in February. Many thanks to the Windsor Coffee Shop for allowing us to use their shop and for the scrummy coffee and cake. A big well done and thank you to everyone who received an award and especially to those who could not attend in person, Steph, Laine, James, Sharon, Jane and Caitlin-we will get them to you.

Everybody with Karen

Alison Shirley

Geneva’s BIG success

The recent months have not stopped Girlguiding on the Isle of Man and celebrating the amazing achievements of our girls. Geneva of 9th Douglas Brownies was recently presented the North West Region President’s Award by Julie Walton our Region Chief Commissioner virtually from her home in Cumbria. Over lockdown, Geneva had raised £800 for Cruz Kids by dying her hair as part of her charity challenge. She was nominated for the award by her leaders Su and Becky. Well done to her, we are all very proud.

Awards for 9th Douglas Brownies

An amazing final meeting of the term for 9th Douglas Brownies. So many girls, so many badges awarded including 5 Gold Awards and 1 Region Presidents Award. Well done to all of you for your hard work whilst we were not meeting face to face.

Engineer your best Summer!

Brownies have you or your Unit had a go at any of the Guiding Isle of Man STEM Badges yet? Over the next few weeks we will be posting some suggestions for the Engineering Badge, these can be completed at home, all we ask if for you to photograph your creations or the activities you have been up to and post on Facebook, if you can also let your Unit Leader know too, then they can keep track of your achievements!

All the details are on the Girlguiding IOM STEM Challenge page.

Girlguiding Isle of Man allowed to meet face to face again!

Due to the fantastic position that the Isle of Man is in with local elimination of Coronavirus, Girlguiding UK has given permission for Girlguiding IOM to plan their “return to face to face Guiding”.
Once our leaders have reviewed and implemented the new guidelines, ensuring everything is in order, in this new normal, regarding girls, Leaders and venue, we will be able to meet again.
It may be that some units continue to meet virtually for the moment until they are ready.
This is the first step so there will be no large scale events or residential events taking place at present.
Thank you for all your support during this very strange time & we look forward to getting back to some “normal” Guiding.

Virtually Guiding

We know things are very different at the moment and whilst we are unable to do face to face Guiding, some of our units are meeting “virtually” through various social media channels including Zoom and Facebook.
It is fantastic that the Manx Government has relaxed the distancing rules, but as an organisation we must continue to follow Girlguiding UK guidelines. So until we are to get back to unit meetings & all those other things we miss like outings, camps, residential sleepovers, and just getting together- have a look at some of the amazing things the girls and their leaders have been doing during lockdown.
With the situation we have found ourselves in over the last 3 months, not everyone has been able to continue to take part and we understand that and look forward to welcoming you all back when we are able to meet face to face.
We are still here and will let everyone know, once we know, that we are able to hold face to face meetings again and how they will run going forward.
Try and embrace the experience of things being different in the best way you can, take care of yourselves & hopefully we see you all soon.

New in 2020: our STEM Challenge for Brownies!

Girlguiding Isle of Man launches the STEM Challenge for Brownies in association with Love Tech.

A challenge designed and built with love by our wonderful local volunteers Shirley Strathdee, Ruth Watterson, Heather Bellinger and Francisca Cano Ortiz, led by Julie Farrar. Special thanks to Phoebe Roosen for the design of the badges.

The information and material for the challenge can be accessed and downloaded from this dedicated webpage and, if you have any questions/feedback, our email address is

To know more about Love Tech and the amazing work they do to promote STEM across the Isle of Man, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

STEM Challenge banner

Leaders! This is the recipe for a successful session

Yes, your guess was right… SLIME!!! 

Not in the new program, but a success every time (except for people with glitter allergies).


  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups old school shaving foam (not sensitive or added balms) you can get 4 batches per can
  • 1 cup PVA
  • 1/2 tbsp Bicarb
  • 1 smallish squirt acrylic paint (school paint) too much paint will curdle the mix so slime will  end up pastel colours
  • 1 tbsp contact lense solution (must contain boric acid) there is enough in a standard bottle to make around 12 batches



Mix shaving foam, glue, bicarb and paint in a large mixing bowl.
Add contact lense solution and mix in quite quickly, this will react and start to bind it all together. 
Once it has started to stick together knead, stretch and generally mess with it for at least 10 minutes but the more you play with it the better it will be. 
Add glitter/foil confetti or anything else (plastic bugs for Halloween etc) during kneading stage.
Will last as long as it is kept airtight (sandwich bags are perfect). The PVA will dry out if it is left exposed.