Girlguiding Dunkeld – Guides and Senior Section in Switzerland
A big THANK YOU to all who have contributed to the fundraising over the last year to make this trip possible!
While assembling 41 people at Edinburgh airport in the early hours of Saturday 1st of July, the thought crossed my mind that the busiest day of the travelling year may not have been the best day to start this venture – but precisely because we were such a big group, this was the only week that Kandersteg International Scout Centre (KISC) was able to accommodate us. The less than perfect weather on arrival didn’t dampen spirits – there was enough to do to find dorms, settle on who was going to sleep in which bed, and generally get to know the centre and the surrounding area.
But by Sunday afternoon, a bit more action was needed – and what do you do with Scottish Guides when it’s too wet and chilly to do anything else? You take them to the open-air swimming pool! The day ended with an impromptu campfire with the Torwood Scouts from Falkirk, ably (and loudly) run by our Senior Section. It was the Scouts first day, and after travelling all day, some of the boys didn’t quite know what had hit them!
During the week the weather started to improve and it was the start of our organised activities including Rockclimbing; white water rafting, a hike to a mountain hut to spend the night; Climbing sessions; .KISC Kander- Challenge, Culture-craft workshop; ‘Come Dine with Me’; An opportunity to learn about the history and the global aspects of Girlguiding; a cable car ride up to Oeschinensee, and of course …. Campfires!
It was a great week, and the memories will hopefully last a long time.
Girlguiding Dunkeld – Join Us
Did you like the report of the Guides’ and Senior Section’s trip to Switzerland? Would you be prepared to support the existing leaders in their efforts – be it at weekly meetings, camps, or behind the scenes?
Without more volunteers, Girlguiding in Dunkeld cannot offer all interested girls the chance to have such experiences. We already don’t have any Rainbows, and for now can’t have a Brownie pack bigger than 8 girls, because there is only 1 Brownie leader. Guides and Senior Section need more helpers too, to spread the load.
Our volunteers can work directly with Rainbows (aged 5-7), Brownies (4-10), Guides (10-14), The Senior Section (14-17), or in a variety of support roles.
Volunteering is flexible and can be arranged to fit around a busy lifestyle.
There is no upper age limit to becoming a Girlguiding volunteer, and men are welcome too as Unit Helpers or in other support roles. Volunteers under the age of 18 can become Young Leaders. Training will be given – mostly it’s on the job; there are also e-learning opportunities and local training sessions, depending on the role you choose to take on.
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. If you’re looking to work with young people, gain voluntary experience or develop skills from first aid to fundraising (and all sorts in between), it’s time to get involved! If you are not convinced yet, look out for the National Recruitment Campaign by Girlguiding UK during October. To register interest or to find out more, contact: Trix Stephen, District Commissioner, on 07770 324173 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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