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Volunteering During Lockdown with Girlguiding Cumbria South

It is National Volunteer Week, so this give us a little nudge to reflect on what we have been doing as volunteers during lockdown!

We have had some amazing guiding experiences even when we are in lockdown! Our incredible team of volunteers are still offering ways for our young members to have fun and adventure from their own home. From providing crafts and activities through the post, having fun on Zoom meetings or joining in larger events such as a Virtual Camp or Online Sports Day. Guiding, and the fun and friendship it create continues in Cumbria South.

We celebrate all our volunteers this week, whether they are able to continue guiding through lockdown or not.  Here are what a few of Cumbria South’s Guiders have  been up to during these past few months:

Vicki NThroughout my time in Girlguiding this has definitely been the biggest challenge but it has also been super fun and an great opportunity for us as a county, to ‘think outside the box’ in order to keep Girlguiding going throughout the pandemic.  I have been involved in quite a few teams who have put together a variety of different virtual events in order to keep guiding going for both the girls and the leaders.  We had hosted a virtual sleepover where over 500 girls and their families joined in with a sleepover, taking part in a variety of different activities including different crafts, challenges, games and it culminated in a live campfire sing-a-long which I hosted in my own campsite in my back garden!  It was great fun with girls requesting songs and shout outs as well as watching a few skits created by another leader too.  We have also just hosted our very own virtual sports day and we have adapted our own Cumbria challenge badge in order for girls to access and achieve it whilst at home.  In addition, as part of the team in Cumbria South we have hosted an online training session to help support virtual guiding and I have enjoyed taking part in my local Brownie zoom sessions every week. Guiding is always here and it has been great to keep providing girls with new experiences even if we can’t meet face-to -face at the moment.  We have a fantastic team of leaders here in Cumbria South and through their collective efforts we have created some really memorable moments. We can’t wait to organise the next one!

Lindsey CWe have kept busy in lockdown by carrying on our Guide meetings over Facebook putting up a variety of activities each week. We have also helped organise a virtual county camp and quirky games. With our Trefoil we had fun on a murder mystery and had a quiz night! We?ve kept ourselves busy and smiled through the adversity in true guiding style! ?

Joe CWe are continuing our Girlguiding experience through lockdown by holding our weekly meetings virtually on Zoom, on our usual day at our usual meeting time. In addition, we post weekly challenges on our private Facebook page where the girls also post any programme activities or interest badge work. We have found the girls have completed many more interest badges in lockdown than they had before. We are also about to have our new starters from our waiting list join us and a few girls move up to our virtual Brownie unit which all the girls are very excited about. We have had very positive feedback from the parents as try to bring some continuity to a very strange time in their lives. It is lovely catching up with them all each week and to hear all they have to say…… which is usually quite a lot ?


Guides Social Night – Saturday 6th June 8pm

A fun event online via Zoom for our Adult Members on Volunteers Week to celebrate all that you do!

A chance to chat & catch up and join in some fun task master activities!

Lots of laughter guaranteed!

 

Zoom info to join:

Topic: Volunteer’s Meeting
Time: Jun 6, 2020 08:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85051489993?pwd=ZXVQT0szYnBMOGFUYkY3ZTZLdkhkdz09

Meeting ID: 850 5148 9993
Password: 218839


Quirky Olympic Themed Sports Activities at The Virtual Curlew Games!

Curlew Calling! Girlguiding Members & their families are invited to join the very first (and possibly only!!) Virtual Curlew Games!

After the fun, adventure and laughter at our last virtual event we are inviting you to a quirky Olympic themed sports day on 30th May!

No actual sporting ability required!!

Join us on our Facebook group where quirky activities will be posted throughout the day on 30th May and get involved with some of our pre-event activities.

Join the Facebook Group Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/912406389230956

What will happen on the day?

Check in on the Facebook Group where quirky Olympic themed fun challenges, events & activities will be posted regularly throughout the day. Complete as many or as few as you like, and share your sports adventures with us by posting your completed challenges or photos in the comments of our posts!

If you want to see some of the amazing activities we had at our Virtual Camp to see what types of things happen at these events, just scroll through our social feeds!

We will post a loose schedule a few days before the event & badges will be available to order after the event. Badges will be free for Girlguiding Cumbria South members and there will be a small charge for members outside Cumbria South and any family members who joined in and want a badge!

A quick kit list of useful items will also be available in advance but all activities have been created with little or no equipment in mind. This enables everyone to join in from their own homes with the items around them.

What are the Pre Event Activities?

Join our Facebook Group for full details, but briefly there are three main pre-event challenges

1. Create your own Olympic Village.
2. Create an Olympic Flame using the template provided and then video yourself passing on the Olympic flame. This will then be edited together to be part of our opening ceremony. (Very like the loo roll challenge we created at our virtual camp)
3. Girlguiding Cumbria South has asked its divisions to name and dress a Herdy to be part of a 100 metre Herdy race. Please check in with your commissioners for details on this. This is only for members of Girlguiding Cumbria South only.

Here is the Olympic Flame Template GGCS Virtual Curlew Games Olympic Flame Template

How do I join?

This event is open to any member of Girlguiding and their families. To access the event you need to join the Facebook Group using the link below. You you will be asked some screening questions before being allowed to join. Please do not invite others to the event as it does not ask them the screening questions and we will have to reject them. They can then re-ask to join themselves.

Here is the Facebook Group Link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/912406389230956

Why Curlew Games?

The Curlew Bird is Girlguiding Cumbria South’s County Mascot!


VE Day Celebrations with Girlguiding

We have been contacted by Claire Hensman, the Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, encouraging us to take part in the V.E. day celebrations this coming Friday.

‘As you will be aware 8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (commonly known as VE Day). This year, the government moved the May bank holiday to VE Day to allow the nation to remember the sacrifice so many made in the fight against fascism. We had been hoping for communities to run a whole host of activities but given the restrictions due to COVID-19, sadly these have had to be cancelled’

We can still commemorate the day though, and here are some ways members of Girlguiding Cumbria South can take part.:

Before 8 May
1. Colour in this bunting, showing the many ways Girlguiding members helped with the war effort, and display it for everyone to see.

You can find the Bunting in Files on the Members Facebook Page

On 8 May
Wearing your uniform
2. 11.00 am ., take part in the two minutes silence to pay tribute to all heroes past and present
3. 2.45pm Listen to Churchill?s victory speech and then let?s celebrate by having a virtual party.
4. Friday evening join the rest of the nation singing ?We?ll Meet Again? which is very fitting in the current situation

We would love you to share your photos/videos throughout the day

By coming together, albeit virtually, we can pay tribute to the Second World War generation and show our gratitude to them for their service and sacrifice during the war


Guiders Quiz Night – Saturday 16th May 8:00pm

Guiders Quiz Night ? Saturday 16th May 8:00pm

We are holding a fun quiz night, via Zoom, for our members.
This is a social event and a chance to catch up with guiding friends.

Zoom Link will be available soon


Delivering Guiding Virtually Webinar

Zoom Webinar ? Thursday 7th May, 7:30pm

?Making the most of social media and virtual platforms to deliver guiding?.

We will have some guests sharing their experiences and answering questions, so if you would like to find out more about how they have made modern technology work for them do join us.

This will be delivered via Zoom webinar. To join click the Zoom link below and follow the instructions Zoom will email you. You can register in advance and then just click the email they send to join on the night!

Register in advance for this webinar:?  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_IG4izEjcQ8e1FW7X3LWffA

 


Girlguiding Cumbria South Launch 3 Song Thursdays!

At our virtual county camp in April we had such fun singing along with with Vicki on Zoom that we have decided to keep our singing going during lockdown! For the next few weeks every Thursday we will upload three songs on our Facebook Page that you can join in with!

These may be well known to you or brand new – either way we would love you to sing along!

Find Vicki on Thursdays on our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/GirlguidingCumbriaSouth/

The First Three Song Thursday is now also on our You Tube Page!