Girls continue to enjoy Girlguiding activities despite pandemic

Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers across Cumbria North have not let the Covid-19 pandemic stop them and have continued to enjoy a wide range of activities on and offline, despite not being able to meet in person.

Although normal face to face meeting haven’t taken place since mid-March, Guiders in Cumbria North County, which covers a large area from the west coast to Kirkby Stephen; and from the borders right down to Tebay and includes all of the towns and villages in between, have continued to offer a wide range of innovative activities and challenges. Nearly 2,000 girls and young women aged between 5 and 18 are members of Girlguiding Cumbria North.

County Commissioner for Cumbria North, Ann-Marie Steel, said “Despite the challenges that Covid-19 has presented, many of our adult leaders have really pulled out all the stops to ensure that we can continue Guiding even though we’re not able to enjoy our normal weekly face-to-face meetings.

I am delighted to be able to head up an amazing group of leaders – some are of course key workers, some are furloughed, and some care for relatives, but still they have been so innovative to continue to offer some fabulous activities to our young members, adopting new technologies and new ways of working”.

Groups across the area have taken part in weekly online meetings; tackled activities and challenges shared via social media; or received activity packs in the post for the girls to enjoy.  Ann-Marie said “Far from being reined-in by the pandemic, I’ve heard reports of girls enjoying some brilliant activities, including virtual sleepovers, online campfires, grow-your-own veg,  cook-alongs – you name it! Many of our girls have completed interest badges, won special awards, and even raised hundreds of pounds for charities including Cash for Kids!

Girlguiding are releasing a range of fun games, activities and challenges under their #AdventuresAtHome project.  The activities are for all age groups to do at home and for those who are meeting online and are designed specifically to support virtual guiding and keep girls having fun and having adventures at home. July’s challenge is all about inclusion and friendship.

To find your most local group, and for more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.