We asked our fabulous Ranger leaders to give us a recap of their unit's year. Have a look below to find out what their best bits of the year were.
The Rangers have been busy coming to terms with the change in their name. The older members have now moved on to the 18-30 group with some undertaking their Adult Leader Qualifications.
The girls have undertaken several Unit Meeting Activities and Skills Builders from the new programme. Activities ranging from mealtime mission to mixology. Going on the ghost train at Dufftown, an evening at Oakwood cookery school and campfire cooking at the beach are amongst the highlights of their year.
Several of the Rangers also attended an expedition to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre, Switzerland where they undertook the Gold Hutten Award hiking to four Alpine huts. They went white water rafting, participated in a snow and ice workshop and visited ‘Our Chalet’.
The girls also participated in a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) project clearing away the aftermath of an avalanche. This project aims to support the local farming community by removing rocks and debris from the valley and thus preserving the local culture and heritage of the surrounding environment. This earned them a Scout World Award as heritage guardians. This was an amazing experience for all the girls who were exceptional ambassadors for not only Forres and Moray but Girlguiding Scotland.
Thank you to all the amazing leaders who plan and organise these activities every week, allowing these young women to achieve, explore and experience adventure in a safe environment where they can develop and grow into exceptional individuals.
This year has been a busy one again for us.
We started off last August with our annual summer camp with Lhanbryde Guides and Rangers at Badaguish. In your Element provided raft building and canoeing activities for us down at Loch Morlich. Then we had a more relaxing day cycling to Glenmore Lodge and back through the forest. The Rangers also helped out with marshalling at the Aviemore Open Water Sprint Triathlon at 7 o’clock on the Sunday morning.
We decided to get right into the new programme and as part of our Express Yourself Skills Builder we used sharpies and surgical spirit to make tie dye drawstring bags to carry our new badge books in. We had a Body Shop party to raise the money for our badge books and more.
Outfit Moray did a couple of sessions for us in October with half of us climbing at RAF Lossiemouth then a taster archery session at their base then swapping the next week. 2nd New Elgin guides also had a fact finding treasure hunt around Lossiemouth.
For Remembrance Day we made felt poppies to wear at the parade. Roy, the school caretaker is a collector of military memorabilia and he brought some of his collection for us to see. It was fascinating.
Although it was cold and a wee bit wet, we took a ghost walk around Elgin. The White Witch brought the stories to life and we learned lots of new things about where we live.
The Rangers made their promises in December and had a takeaway to celebrate.
We also all attended the pantomime at Eden Court in December.
In January, the District organised a Sunday Fun Day with all the Brownies Guides and Rainbows attending with help from the Rangers.
Thinking Day was another District get together and we used the theme of looking back and tried out some traditional games and made traditional toys.
Four of our girls were working towards their Baden Powell Award and they had a food tasting as part of one of their evening activities. The girls attended their Baden Powel Challenge weekend and had a lot of fun.
Getting wet seems to be a theme and although we tried to do some of the new UMAs at the Linkwood burn – repairing the bottles and the water filtering, some of us got a little wetter than intended.
The girls were presented with their Baden Powell Awards at our annual beach party at Hopeman in June. We are very proud of them and hope that they continue onto Rangers.
We had our second camp in May this year (since the Tartan Gig is when we usually go in August). This time we stayed closer to home, camping at Roseisle and Outfit Moray doing two days of activities for us. The first day we spent climbing at Cumingston and surfing at Lossiemouth with this being taken by Donald from New Wave Surf School. We were lucky to be able to use the showers at the Hopeman pavilion after the surfing. Our second activity was gorge walking up at Bridge of Brown. The first and second groups did it on the Saturday when the river was quite tame, but the rain came overnight, and the river was running faster the next day when the remaining girls took to the water. What a day of fun.
A group of the Rangers decided back in October that they would like to tackle their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh. Much of the time at Rangers has been spent preparing the girls for their expedition, but many of the activities fit into the new Unit Meeting Activities and Skill Builders, so everyone has been joining in.
Finally, our leader Elaine was invited to the Garden Party at Holyrood Palace for her services to Guiding.
1st Lhanbryde and Urquhart Rangers is a newly established unit and have had a busy year. The girls have enjoyed working on a number of challenge badges and attended lots of camps and outings on our own and with other units. The highlight of the year for them was attending The Woolly Jumper Camp in April 2019 at Templars' Park in Aberdeen. The other camps they attended include County Camp 2018, May Camp 2019 at Roseisle where they rock climbed, surfed and gorge walked, they were also one of the first units from Moray to Sleepover at Innoflate along with the Guides. The girls also took part in our District Thinking Day event where they joined, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides from Lhanbryde and Elgin at Pinz for bowling and finished off the end of term at scribbles where they all renewed their promise as a Ranger.