Girlguiding Moray's first ever virtual camp hailed a success.

Girlguiding Moray’s first ever virtual camp has been hailed as a success by those who took part.

Over the weekend, Girlguiding Moray hosted their llama-themed virtual camp for over 200 girls across the country. Girlguiding members from as far as Tobermory, Dundee, Edinburgh, Leicestershire, and even one girl in Cyrus joined the virtual camp.  

The camp included crafts, science experiments, a virtual salsa lesson from former Forres Guide, Lauren Sedgley, as well as multiple special guests over the course of the weekend. 

Elisabeth Williams, one of the event’s organisers said, “we would like to extend an extra special thank you to Carole and John from Auld Mill Alpacas in Alves, who did way more than we expected and provided us with three fantastic pre-recorded videos as well as joining us for a live Q&A session on Sunday morning.” 

She continued, “Also to Mollie from Life and Sole, and Rhoda Bain from Yogazone who both provided a Sunday morning workout for all of the girls.”  

We also had author Simon James Green join us to say hello to all of the girls before reading his story ‘Llama Glamarama’ before the younger girls went to bed. 

Alison Williams, Girlguiding Moray’s County Commissioner, said “who would have thought how successful this event would be.” She continued, “We would normally have had two camps by now, unfortunately lockdown meant we had to change our plans, but we didn’t want that to beat us, so we decided to do a virtual camp instead.”  

She said, “I personally was overwhelmed by the support of the girls’ families with their creativity and innovation to help the girls’ achieve all the activities on offer which were aimed at making sure during lockdown all girls could be included by utilising what they had at home.” 

Jackie Wilson, Leader of 5thForres Brownies, whose daughter was also taking part in the event, said “Lucy and I absolutely loved the whole weekend while having some quality time together. We loved the crafting, cooking and seeing everyone’s creations.” 

Maureen Stables, 4th Keith Brownies Leader, said “the circumstances have been really difficult for the girls not getting their face-to-face weekly meeting or sleepovers and camps, so I was chuffed to see the smile on my daughter’s face from start to finish.” 

Gail Fox, Girlguiding’s Deputy Scottish Chief Commissioner, commented, “well done to the whole team that have made the weekend just perfect for all the girls. Thanks to all the parents and girls for joining in too, it’s been amazing fun, well done to you all.” 

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