Our Year in Review

Girlguiding Moray has had an exciting year full of new challenges, activities, and camps. Read our President and County Commissioner's review of the past year & see what our Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers & Trefoil Guild got up to in 2019. 

A message from our President

"The introduction of the new programme has involved extra training for all Guiders, Advisers & Commissioners. They must be congratulated and thanked for the continued care and guidance they offer to the girls.

A fresh idea from the County Camp, a CSI theme, proved very successful, as was the Brownie Fun Day in May at Inchberry. I would like to thank all who were involved in their organisation. Several Guides and leaders enjoyed an International Camp in Switzerland in July.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Katrina Smith after a car accident in April. We are all hugely indebted to her commitment to the Guide Assosiation for 58 years in many roles - as leader, keen camper, County Adviser, Division Commissioner, Assistant County Commissioner, an active member of the Trefoil Guild and a Vice President. She received a Good Service Award in 2002 and a Long Service Award in 2011. In addition, she organised the 200 club, ran the County Depot and supervised the running of the Guide Hut in Lossiemouth. She was a truly dedicated member who is greatly missed by us all."

Hilda MacKessach-Leitch. DL. 

A message from the County Commissioner

'One of the most amazing things about Girlguiding is how through friendship, support and resilience we are able to support one another. This was clearly evident earlier this year after the sudden loss of Katrina Smith one ofGirlguiding Moray’s most prominent members. We, her Guiding family, supported each other through a difficult time, picked ourselves up and carried on.

It is this friendship and camaraderie that makes our organisation work. It is through fun and adventure that we empower girls to use their voice, inspire them to discover the best in themselves and make a positive difference in their community.

In Moray we have 874 active girls, in 67 busy units run by 218 dedicated volunteers. All of these units enable girls to; learn new skills, explore exciting activities, build friendships and relationships, have fun, develop their sense of belonging and have lots of adventures along the way.

We have said goodbye to volunteers who through the years have made a difference to the lives of the young girls who have been fortunate to benefit from their enthusiasm and dedication. We have also welcomed new volunteers and look forward to seeing them fulfil their potential and that of others.

This year’s report has certainly allowed Girlguiding Moray its members and units to showcase their achievements and show off the best of what Girlguiding has to offer. On a poignant day in May, Inchberry was the location of our fantastic Brownie Fun Day.186 Brownies participated in crafts and activities based around the months of the year. What fun we had making bagpipes and slime, planting flowers and so much more. Our thanks go to all involved in making the day so special. We kept calm and carried on Guiding. We hope Katrina would have been proud.

Units across the county have enthusiastically embraced the new programme. There have been Skills Builders and Unit Meeting Activities (UMAs) a plenty in all age groups. We continue to take part in adventures near and far with pack holidays, days out and camps in Fyvie, Dalguise, Edinburgh, Kyle, Holland and Switzerland. Twenty three of our Guides have completed the Baden Powell Challenge Award. We congratulate them on their achievements. Our Ranger units continue to thrive; we now have four very active units. Many girls are also Young Leaders within other sections. Across Girlguiding Moray eight Rangers are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme. Leaders too have enhanced their Guiding; they have attended Girlguiding Scotland roadshows and a variety of training events. Emily joined the World Scout Jamboree in America as a member of the International Service Team. It doesn’t stopthere; Moray Trefoil Guilds have been as busy as ever and have supported the County in many ways whilst organising their own amazing events for its members. The formation of the new 18-30 group will give leaders in training and younger volunteers the opportunity to meet outwith their weekly meeting and to share time together."

Alison Williams. 

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