Signpost in front of Hautbois House directing people to activities

Blog / November 27th, 2018

Girlguiding Anglia Region Photo-shoot day 2018!

Back in October we held our very own regional photo-shoot at Hautbois Activity Centre. We called for all budding models or those interested in being a part of Girlguiding Anglia’s brand-new website and had a brilliant response from Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and Leaders.

About the day

As part of our new website offer to the region we wanted to deliver a fresh and functional platform that would transform how our girls and leaders access information and news, with our volunteer user journey at the heart of the website.   So our offer had to be totally region focused; an information platform for all of our amazing volunteers and members.

We wanted to make sure that alongside this all the visuals and photographs featured on the new website represented girls from our region and showcased all the fun they have when they are outdoors and learning together.

Girlguiding Anglia’s objective for the photo-shoot was to create an opportunity for girls and leaders to have a fun-filled day and to receive a badge, whilst we focused on running the photo-shoot.

Setting up the photo-shoot was quite a challenge to do in such a short amount of time, especially with the work for the website being in full swing!  Region office planned the whole event from booking in volunteers and girls to tracking pictures post photo-shoot with GDPR in mind.  A lot of time and care was taken to work out how we could manage such a large scale photo-shoot event ensuring we were going forward into 2019 with a fully compliant and modern website for the region.


On the day


The region staff team started the day with excitement keeping our tiredness at bay, despite the early start!  After setting up registration, tables, lunch marquees and conducting the staff briefing with Hautbois and region staff we were ready to go.  After arrival all the girls were organised into groups with their leaders and a member of the region staff team with a photographer allocated to each group.

After meeting their groups,  signing in and having their pictures taken, the girls received their goody bags filled with lots of exciting freebies!  The goody bags included a torch (which they’d need for later on), stickers, their Hautbois activity badges, pens, pencils and a notebook.  Not to be left out, the leaders also received their own goody bags in the form of a region tote bag.  The girls then headed off with their groups for a fun-filled day of activities, laughter and new friendships.


Highlights and activities

The girls were involved in lots of activities during the day including the zip wire, the climbing wall, archery, obstacle courses, ‘Night Line’ course, pond dipping, sledding, pioneering, abseiling, paddle-board games and low ropes.  All girls also took part in a new programme activity in the Hautbois outdoor classroom!


After an action-packed morning the girls and volunteers had worked up quite an appetite!  Luckily we’d prepared them a packed lunch which some girls ate in the marquee and with others sat outside overlooking the lovely views of Hautbois.  During lunchtime lots of the girls played games and mixed with other sections, making new friends and new memories.

Once everyone had a well-deserved break, and something to eat, it was off again for even more fun!

The afternoon saw more games, more fun and even more activities for the girls and their leaders, who were more than willing to join in with the girls and literally ‘show them the ropes’!

Camp singalongs and toasted marshmallows

As the sun went down and it started to get darker everyone headed to the campfire circle for toasted marshmallows and a singalong, before heading home after a great day filled with laughter, energy and smiles.

We want to thank everyone for making the day so special with their contribution and, as you can see from the new website, a brilliant day was had by all.

If you would like more information on photographs and how to be GDPR compliant you can check out our resources which cover all these topics and include some handy guides on what to do.