Blog / April 27th, 2020

Challenges Girlguiding has overcome in the past – The Norfolk ARC

Our next bank holiday has been moved to Friday 8 May to celebrate Victory in Europe 75 years ago. Many communities had big plans to commemorate and groups had asked us if they could borrow uniforms and resources to display our guiding heritage with their towns and villages.  During this time of uncertainty for us, those before us have also promised to ‘do their best’ and ‘serve their community’. For most Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers today, this means staying safe at home, learning a new way of studying and spending more time on-line, accessing new technology to keep in touch with their friends and family.

Let’s go back to the near beginning of Girlguiding – as the very beginning is another story for another day. At the beginning of World War 1 Miss Agnes Baden-Powell, Lord Baden-Powell’s sister and the first Girl Guide, called upon the Guides to help their communities in a variety of ways including giving assistance to families in distress or in case of illness and offering to take charge of children while their mothers were out at work. Is that idea of help as relevant today as it was in 1914?

Although the circumstances are different, many people are rallying together and helping one another. A smile or a wave (following the appropriate social distancing guidance) and a phone call are all ways we can help – although perhaps not a grand gesture one certainly appreciated by your neighbours and relatives. You may be in a position to make sure they can access food or medication, especially if they are in isolation or needing to stay at home for some other reason. We are sure Agnes would approve and remind us of one of the previous Guide Laws, a Guide smiles and sings under all difficulties…

Agnes also asked for support for local hospitals – how many of you have taken part in the 8pm clap on a Thursday or made a rainbow to display in your window? As we are all asked to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS are there any other ways, we could help our hospitals? Is there anything that our units could do, either now or in the future, to carry out Agnes’ plea? We would love to hear your stories!

Living the Lockdown 2020 Challenge

Girlguiding Norfolk County Archive Resource Centre (ARC) has produced a challenge, Living the Lockdown 2020, created in response to the ongoing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The activities are designed to have fun with, to make you happy and to give you an opportunity to learn things, to discover new skills and be creative. It is appropriate for all ages and has a heritage theme, drawing on the history and traditions of guiding. We hope everyone enjoys it!

Find the Living the Lockdown Challenge here