Girlguiding and Scouts from across the Isle of Man celebrated Scouting
This year, the annual celebration of Scouting on St. Georges Day was cancelled due to the lockdown. Units from across the island reunited at St. Andrew’s Church a month later, on 23 May, to hold a service with His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor and his wife Lady Gozney. Sadly, there was no parade due to heavy rain.
Here are some pictures from the event!
Girlguiding Isle of Man has launched a new challenge this summer:
Girlguiding Isle of Man Walking Challenge
Open to Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Ranges, there are six badges for completing 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles. What are you waiting for?
All the details and downloadable content can be found here on the website.
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.
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.
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.
If you have not yet completed the Return to Guiding Survey the link is below. It is anonymous but only takes a few minutes to complete. It will help Girlguiding see how everyone is feeling.
Planing for the future Survey by SurveyMonkey
The UNESCO BIOSPHERE Badge, why not have a go at this badge over the Summer Holidays – for the next 6 weeks will be posting some suggestions for you to have a go at! All you have to do is to do 2 activities to gain the badge, send in some photos to show what you have been up to and let you Leader know so she can keep track of your progress!
You can find all the information in the UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Challenge Badge page.
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.
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.
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.