−−−−− BY LINZI DAVIES −−−−−

Fun was had by all at a recent event in Crossgates showcasing the positive impact girls and young women can have in their community by being part of the Guiding Organisation.

Interactive activities and workshops organised by the Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section aimed to give the community a taste of what guiding in their units can offer. Visitors to Crossgates Centre on the day enjoyed taking part in an indoor campsite, mini pioneering, science experiments and a first aid station.

The event was held to highlight the range of what guiding can offer girls and young women, and to share with potential volunteers the opportunities on offer through guiding. The girls who are part of the guiding organisation can choose from a wide range of activities and awards that suit them and their interests including adventures such as camping, climbing, abseiling, archery. This is all in addition to building vital life skills like first aid, team work and leadership skills as well as getting involved in their local community and even national and global campaigns.

Around 60 girls and young women from their local units got involved in the event and had a great day showing off the fun they have every single week at their meetings. The units that took part were the 3rd Crossgates Rainbows, 1st Crossgates Brownies and Guides, 1st Manston Guides and Manston Senior Section. The units meet at Crossgates Primary School and Manston St James Church Hall, with one of the guiding units still going strong after 60 years of running! The Senior Section is brand new as it was formed because the girls loved guiding so much they wanted to continue after the age of 14.

The girls and the volunteers are all passionate about guiding and this certainly showed in their fun-filled, action-packed event!

If you are interested in volunteering or joining one of the units, contact:

Jean Barnbrook

email: xgatesbrownies@hotmail.co.uk

call: 07756585864


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