STEM / Guides

Girlguiding Glasgow Guides had the opportunity to join together at the City of Glasgow College for a workshop delivered in partnership with BAE System focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenges inspired
by the Clever Cogs badge produced by Girlguiding North West Region, England and three, young female engineers at BAE Systems. Activities of the day included Balloon Towers to replicate the Burj Khalifa, Earthquake proof buildings made of spaghetti and marshmallows, a mechanical hand made of straws, string and cardboard, competition to fire your rocket as far as it would go, finding out how our personalities would match to STEM jobs and lots more fun STEM activities.

Fun & Feathers / Rainbow & Brownie
Fun and Feathers was an event led by our Residential team and held at Netherurd House at the end of March. The event saw around 120 members of Girlguiding Glasgow descend on Netherurd for a day full of fun and laughter. The girls were able to meet and hold various birds of prey including owls and eagles. The girls took part on various feather themed crafts, transformed into birds of prey through the magic of facepaint and explored the Netherurd woods looking for fairies and their houses. 30 girls and Leaders stayed for the full weekend enjoying for some a first time residential event with Girlguiding.

Young Leader Weekend
Girlguiding Glasgow is committed to developing our girls and young women and a key focus this year has been actively encouraging and supporting youth members to undertake their Young Leadership Qualification. Our County hosted a training weekend to raise awareness of the award and also provide tailored training to allow Young Leaders to complete the syllabus. Beth from Cathcart Senior Section tells us about the Young Leader weekend at Netherurd: “I had a fantastic time at the Young Leader weekend! I met new people, learned key skills on becoming a young leader and laughed a lot! Friday evening we got to know one another and played games before the main part of our training on Saturday. We had various sessions covering the Girlguiding programme, leadership techniques and the opportunities available to us as members of the Senior Section. I learned a lot in the sessions and completed parts of our young leader qualification which has helped me in gaining this qualification. Saturday night was great – we had a campfire, a party and time to relax with our new friends. On Sunday we had an opportunity to take part in a focus group giving feedback and our opinions on Girlguiding Glasgow which I really enjoyed.”



Napier 50

Over 100 members of Girlguiding Glasgow descended on Achachairdeis to celebrate 50 years of Napier House, the biggest of the onsite accommodation at our Campsite in Gartocharn. Over the years hundreds of girls and their leaders have made many happy memories on holidays spent there. Former Brownies joined with current members of our largest section to take part in activities from yesteryear, outdoor challenges and crafts. A specially decorated cake for the occasion was cut by Isobel alongside a Brownie whose 11th birthday was imminent and once the formalities had been completed, the fun began! The girls worked in small groups to find clues around the site to solve a riddle, tried some traditional fairground games, took part in competitive games and decorated a photo frame that housed a photo of their group to take home as a memento of the day. Our older guests were treated to a delicious afternoon tea and lots of chat which focussed on memories of happy times spent at Napier House and Achachairdeis including wheelbarrow races, first camping experiences and evenings spent star gazing. The event closed after a magic show and campfire songs involving young and old.

Regional Camp / Guides

Girlguiding Glasgow welcomed the new Chief Guide to our camp site as part of our Regional Camp in May. Over 300 Guides from surrounding Counties joined in a weekend of fun and adventure. The theme for the camp was ‘Strathclyde Down Under’ and Glasgow was delighted to send a large contingent to participate in varied activities across the weekend. Highlights included visiting Bondi Beach zone where Guides could chill out with a mocktail, have a go on the surf machine or kick back in a hot tub followed by a visit to the outback zone for bushcraft skills and cooking to name a few. Disco, film night and campfires filled much of the evening entertainment programme. It was a tremendously successful weekend where new friendships were formed by guides and adult volunteers alike as Strathclyde region worked hard to achieve a ‘wow’ weekend for all involved.

Alton Towers / Senior Section
Alton Towers Senior Section trip involved a very early rise and meeting at 4.30am! We travelled down to Alton Towers arriving early bells to their amazing Halloween theme. Youth members from across the County enjoyed each other’s company while overcoming some fears of the rollercoasters. We went on almost all the parks main attractions including The Smiler, Oblivion and even managed to squeeze in the new Wicker Man ride! The bus was very quiet on the way home… tiredness I’m sure, and not just having no voices from screaming!