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8:02 AM 9th April 2020

Rainbows, Brownies & Guides Switch To Digital Meetings

Rainbows, Brownies & Guides have demonstrated their resilience by moving their weekly meetings online amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Rebecca, 8, being awarded with a badge earned during virtual meetings
Rebecca, 8, being awarded with a badge earned during virtual meetings
Determined to carry on guiding during this challenging time, 6 units including 54th Sheffield (St Luke’s, Lodgemoor) Rainbows connect through a weekly video call with 22 girls and 5 leaders taking part.

The group have continued with the Rainbow programme, adapting activities to complete at home. While online together they have made straw rockets, completed scavenger hunts around the house, played games and made crafts together. Between meetings they were challenged to learn how to cross the road safely, carry out a survey of their local area and decorate their windows to cheer up their community.

Many other guiding groups are following suit after the Covid-19 crisis led to Girlguiding having to suspend all face to face meetings and events.

Hannah, 5, from Lodgemoor, said: “I really like doing Rainbows on my computer. I can see my friends. It’s really fun doing our activities online. This week I made a rocket with straws and we shot them in the air. Mine went really high! I like doing the crafts, and I can’t wait until we do it again next week.”

Hannah, 5, completing her crafts during one of the virtual meetings
Hannah, 5, completing her crafts during one of the virtual meetings
Emma Ede, Unit Leader from Lodgemoor, said: “As a Rainbow and Brownie leader I know how much our weekly meetings mean to our girls and the fun they have. Moving our weekly meetings online has meant we can continue our amazing programme and means the girls, and the adults, can stay connected which is especially important while schools are closed. It’s been great to see the girls and other leaders adapt to this new way of guiding and we’ll keep going so that we can continue to empower girls to be their best.”

Girlguiding, the UK’s leading charity for girls and young women, has launched Adventures At Home (https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/what-we-do/adventures-at-home/) – an online hub packed with fun activities and wellbeing and resilience resources to support children and young people across the UK.

The charity has curated a collection of their favourite fun indoor activities to entertain children and young people of all ages through the Coronavirus crisis, opening up its world-famous programme for everyone to enjoy. Wellbeing and resilience resources include meditation tips, breathing techniques and how to build support networks.

The easy resources are available to everybody for fun, adventure and support during this challenging time. People do not need to be a member of Girlguiding to give these a try, nor do they need any special kit.

Adventures At Home is supported by global adventurer and Girlguiding ambassador Anna McNuff, who ran 2,352 miles barefoot across the UK to inspire girls last year.

Girlguiding is open to all girls aged five to 18, giving them the opportunity to explore new interests and build their confidence. For more information visit www.girlguiding.org.uk.