Every year, West Moors Girlguiding give the girls the opportunity to join a wide range of fantastic events and also trying to bring back past events.
World Thinking Day, is celebrated every year on February 22nd by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. February 22 was chosen as it was the birthday of Scouting and Guiding founder Robert Baden-Powell and of Olave Baden-Powell, his wife and World Chief Guide. The division or the district organises the events to get everyone involved in the activities.
Every year on the 11th November, we have a Remembrance Parade on Sunday to remember the members who gave their lives after World War I that we might have life in West Moors.
Wellies and Wristbands Event is our fantastic annual festival-style event for Guide and The Senior Section located in Foxlease. It included music bands, dancing, high-adrenaline activities and much more. This was the first time for the Guides to join in the fun and they enjoyed every bit of it.
Every year in May, Brownies and Guides love to go to PGL in Osmington Bay for a weekend that is full of adventurous activities.
Every year, there is a food competition for guides in each division to come up with the best presentation and the best taste of their dish to win the rosebowl trophy. We have won a few times in the past. This year, we want to win!
In 2014 Brownies will be 100 years old! There are lots of events happening to celebrate nationally and locally including a sleepover on Brownsea Island, parties, trips to the circus and much more…
On 28th April it was Prince William and Kate Middleton’s special day so each unit got involved with lots of activities that reflects the wedding, including tea parties and etc.
2010 was a year to celebrate 100 years of Guiding. Every unit has been taken part in activities to achieve a 100th Centenary of Guiding badge. At the end of the year, there was a special event called 20:10 20/10 2010 where all guiding units were invited to see Grease and to renew their promise at exactly 10 past 8 that evening.
Each guide likes to try something different in a more exciting way. Few years ago, we went on a wide beam canal boat by the Bruce Trust. We normally go for 5 nights and change the guides halfway through so it enables more guides to enjoy the experience. The two main activities that they take in turns are steering the boat and operating the locks. We haven’t been for a while due to costs and availability, however, we would like to do it again in the future.
Besides of Canal Boating, we have also been to Foxlease in Lyndhurst and enjoying our stay in The Coach House or Princess Margaret Lodge. We have been to South Shore Lodge on Brownsea Island. During our stay to these places, we do a load of activities that guides love such as scavenger hunts, wall climbing, abseiling, archery and etc.
Every year, Guides and Rangers have the experience of camping out in the tents for a week. During the day, they do a lot of activities provided or they go out for the day. We have had our summer camps either at Berwick St James in Wiltshire, Buddens Scout Centre in Dorset, and Foxlease. In 2018 Guides and Rangers went Ferny Crofts.
The name was chosen in 1994 for the first Castervaria Camp. Caster from Thomas Hady’s Casterbridge, and varia from the Roman Durnovaria, both names for Dorchester. This camp happens every 4 years. Last Castervaria was 2013 instead 2012 due to Olympics but it was worth the wait. There are at least 10 sub-camps and there are wide range of activities including wall climbing, riding on the segways, zorbing, and many more! This also includes a night away to Brownsea Island by staying in bivouacs.
In 2017, Girlguiding Dorset introduced a new event camp called CastAway, which is similar to Castervaria, but spending the week on Brownsea Island and doing lots of activities. This includes low ropes, making bivouacs, rafting, archery, pioneering and watching the fireworks from Poole Quay.
Sparkle and Ice is an extreme winter camp for Guides and the Senior Section located in Foxlease. It included camping skills in near-freezing temperatures, warming up with marshmallow-toasting, abseiling, assault courses and so much more.