WINGS 2014

WINGS 2014With only a few days left to go, the waiting is nearly over for those who are going to WINGS! From 2nd August, 6000 Guides and Scouts from across the world are camping at Windsor Great Park for a fun filled week.

The fifteen girls and three adults going from Crowthorne Guides are looking forward to lots of different activities and meeting people from various different countries as well as catching up with old friends. With lots of memories to be made, there’s bound to be some stories to share upon our return.

Big Brownie Birthday Candle Relay

As the Brownies celebrate their centenary this year, there has been lots of exciting events to take part in. In Berkshire, a specially designed candle was lit on 4th January and has been travelling to every Brownie pack in the county. The candle visited Crowthorne District on 22nd May and the event was celebrated with a campfire for all sections plus birthday cake! The Brownies all got to hold the candle which will complete its journey at the Big Brownie Birthday Star Quest at Rivermead Leisure Complex on 21st June.

It was a great chance for all the girls to enjoy singing around the campfire, and for the other sections to help celebrate the Brownies’ special birthday. Despite threatening, the rain even held off!

County Review 2014

Crowthorne District was recognised for its good work at the County Review today. On behalf of Sarah and Eleanor, there was a presentation given sharing photos and stories of their recent sailing trip with South West region, inspiring others to take part in similar events. Helen Whitsed (leader with 3rd Crowthorne Guides) was given a County Standard award and Sharon Webster (leader with 4th Crowthorne Guides) was presented with a Young Guiders award from Region.

The district was given a Certificate of Commendation for the following reasons:

Crowthorne District faced a time of uncertainty as they lost their meeting place at the same time as a restructuring of the Division was taking place. Without a District or Division Commissioner they managed to secure another building. They held an Open Afternoon in 2013 to which they invited Parents, Guides and Guiding friends with stalls, refreshments and crafts for the children. The afternoon was a demonstration of good team work and true Guiding spirit. The District are commended for the effort and achievement they have displayed.

Tracy Wilks (District Commissioner) says “Congratulations to Helen and Sharon and everyone in Crowthorne for an amazing 2013. You should be very proud.”

Guides in London

Buckingham Palace

Guides from 3rd and 4th Crowthorne units enjoyed a weekend in London recently when they stayed overnight at YHA Holland Park. The girls and leaders walked to many of the sights including Buckingham Palace, the Science Museum and the Princess Diana Memorial. The weather was good if a little chilly, however there were stops for hot chocolate to warm up!

WINGS 2014

WINGS 2014One of the most exciting events held in Berkshire for Girlguiding and Scouting members is WINGS which will be held at Windsor Great Park 2nd to 9th August next year. This is an international jamboree with around 6000 participants joining from all over the world, who will take part in lots of different activities.

What will you do at WINGS? You’ll be able to:

  • Challenge yourself! Survival zone, team challenges
  • Enhance that experience! Activity zones for all sections and some with a focus on age group
  • Get wet, go wild! Water activities at new venues
  • Discover together! Girlguiding and Scouting solutions to global issues; influence beyond WINGS
  • Imagine that! Perform and create
  • Reach out! To a community and life beyond WINGS
  • Entertain me! Evening programme across three dedicated venues, something to cater for everyone!

Guides and Senior Section from Crowthorne are able to go on this camp and we are sure that all who do will have a fantastic time.

If you would like to find out more about Crowthorne District going to WINGS, please talk to your Guide or Senior Section leader or contact us. For more information about the camp, take a look at the WINGS 2014 website.

Autumn Term

After a lovely sunny summer, members of Crowthorne Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section will be returning to meetings. There’s been a lot going on over the past few weeks with members going away sailing on the Challenger Challenge with South West region, to Iceland with Royal Berkshire county and PGL with units. There will be more information about these fantastic trips here soon.

If you would like to find out more about opportunities available, why not register your interest with Girlguiding as a young member, an adult or contact us.

Girlguiding Royal Berkshire Senior Section trip to Iceland

Sharon Webster (leader with 4th Crowthorne Guides) was selected to join the county trip to Iceland, after attending the INTOPS day in 2012. After lots of fundraising with support from the Guide units, she went with 22 girls and adults to stay at Úlfljótsvatn Scout Centre between 12-19 August. The week was full of activities including white water rafting, glacier hiking, whale watching and horse riding. One of the highlights was visiting the Blue Lagoon before heading to the airport on the way home, however the girls seemed even more impressed with the stop at KFC! Despite the rain and leaking tents, everyone had a fantastic time and are looking forward to meeting up again soon to reminisce.

Úlfljótsvatn Scout Centre Sharon and Claire in Reykjavík

If you would like to find out more about international trips with Girlguiding, please contact us or ask your Guider.

Alton Towers Campover

Camping at Alton Towers30 Crowthorne Guides headed to Alton Towers on Saturday 29th June to campover in the grounds of the theme park. We pitched our tents by the lake as the park was emptying of day visitors and headed to Splash Landings Hotel to enjoy exclusive use of the water park. There were 400 very excited Girlguiding and Scouting members, so it took some time for the campsite to quieten down! The dawn chorus swiftly became girls chattering but with some encouragement, they managed to wait until after 6am before packing and taking tents down.

We had early ride access before the park was open to all, and the girls headed off in small groups to enjoy the rides. It was a glorious sunny day and all the girls had a great time. They made sure to check in with the leaders at lunch time and came back tired but elated ready to meet the coach and head home at 4pm.

Changes to the Promise

Recently members of Girlguiding and those interested in the organisation were invited to take part in a consultation on the Promise. The results of this were announced today (19th June) and the 12th version of the Promise has been introduced.

The new Promise reads:

I promise that I will do my best:
To be true to myself and develop my beliefs,
To serve the Queen and my community,
To help other people
To keep the (Brownie) Guide Law.

Find out more about the changes to the Promise on the Girlguiding UK website.

New HQ Opening

Dr Phillip Lee MP kindly opened the new Crowthorne District Girlguiding HQ on 18th May 2013. Girls from all the units and sections came with friends and family to enjoy the party and even the rain held off! It was a great opportunity was all to see our new facilities and find out more about what Guiding can offer in Crowthorne.

Another momentous occasion was marked as Margaret Kerfoot was presented with her award for 40 years of service to Girlguiding. Her impressive efforts have all been within Crowthorne and it was great to show her how much this has been appreciated.

Crowthorne District's new HQ opening Dr Phillip Lee MP opening the new HQ