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Blog / October 19th, 2020

Girlguiding opportunities for all

Girlguiding opportunities for all

Whilst we live through uncertain times Girlguiding has continued to offer support and opportunities to young women in an ever-evolving way.  Whilst some units have been able to meet virtually, many of our brilliant volunteers are key workers or need to take a break at this time. Should your unit not be meeting many opportunities are still available with a wide selection highlighted below, some even with the ability for the whole family to take part and gain a badge.

If you haven’t heard from your unit please contact the leader in the first instance and commissioner next (contact details will have been provided on your original starter form). If you don’t have these details you can contact Anglia Member Support who will be able to pass on your query to the right person.

Region Challenge Packs

Over the weekend of the 24 and 25 October, Girlguiding Anglia held the Under the tars online festival. The festival has a challenge pack and badge which can be completed until 7 December 2020. You can also catch up on the videos from the Royal Astronomical Society from the festival weekend on the Girlguiding Anglia YouTube channel.

Two years ago we joined forces with Essex County Cricket to create our Smashing Boundaries Challenge. This challenge is packed full of activities that the whole family can try, don’t forget to share your pictures with us on social media and order your badges once you’ve completed it.

2020 is the Royal Astronomical Society’s 200th anniversary. To celebrate this we launched a partnership late last year and created a challenge pack to encourage our members to learn more about females in space and take on some challenges. Why not download the challenge pack and have a go? Badges are still available too.


Explore Heraldry with Girlguiding’s Heritage advisers, and The Heraldry Society

Beasts, Banners and Badges is a colourful challenge for all those aged 10+ looking for something new to learn. Exploring local history, design, mythical beasts and the middle ages, it has something for everyone.

Stage one asks you to find out the basics, and think about your county badge and local coats of arms. You can also design the coat of arms you might like for yourself, or explore some family history. Once you have got the heraldry bug, you can go on to learn more in stages two and three.

The challenge pack contains all the information you need to get started and The Heraldry Society have produced a booklet to explain the basics.

You can find a series of lessons ‘Heraldry for Self-Isolationists’ on the website of the Court of Lord Lyon.


County Challenges

We know that many of our region’s counties also have some great challenges running throughout the year. Why not take a look at your counties websites to see what’s on offer?

Girlguiding Bedfordshire

Girlguiding Buckinghamshire

Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East

Girlguiding Cambridgeshire West

Girlguiding Essex North East

Girlguiding Essex South East

Girlguiding Essex West

Girlguiding Hertfordshire

Girlguiding Lincolnshire South

Girlguiding Norfolk

Girlguiding Oxfordshire

Girlguiding Suffolk

Girlguiding Adventures at Home

Girlguiding are continuing with their Adventures at Home programme. There are lots of activities to do for all age groups and of course a great badge too!

You can also work towards any Interest Badge outside of unit meetings. Just keep a record of everything you complete to pass to your unit leader. For Rainbows, Brownies and Guides full details are in your badge book, for Rangers everything is on the Girlguiding website.