Diane’s blog for September
When I last wrote my blog we were all going into lockdown and I commented on how the world was changing. Little did we know then that it would continue to change and change again….
We are all used to keeping in touch using various virtual and phone platforms so it won’t come as a surprise to you when I say that I have been able to continue to meet volunteers and girls at some BGO events during lockdown. As I know that keeping cheerful is not always easy (and especially at the moment) I wanted to share with you some of the very positive moments that I have joined in with in BGO since I last wrote.
Our Stay at Home challenge has been a huge success. Over 400 girls and leaders from all parts of BGO embraced the challenge, making it one of our most popular badges to date. The most popular challenge was the weekly dance session and I’d like to say a huge thank you to Freya for dancing her way through the summer and enabling us to keep happy and healthy – if sometimes a little out of step -
I ‘joined’ the guides in Jakarta at their sleepover when I heard all about the activities that they had done and answered the questions that they had prepared for me. Bucharest Brownies also sent me questions and I answered these through a short video which they watched during their virtual sleepover.
I really enjoyed ‘going’ to Germany and joining Vicki as she led her Juliette Low seminar project -
I sang along at two virtual camp fires. I joined the WAGGGS World Centres virtual campfire where it was great to see other BGO volunteers along with other leaders from our huge worldwide guiding family. I also sang, did all the actions in the action songs, toasted marshmallows and met girls and volunteers at the Cayman Islands camp fire during their virtual sleepover. A particular thanks to Purple Magic who led this super camp fire.
With ‘my’ guide unit we visited our guiding penfriends in New Zealand. We exchanged information about guiding lives in our countries, did a scavenger hunt and swapped camp fire songs.
Phone calls have taken me to a lot of BGO countries including, Anguilla, Abu Dhabi, Azerbaijan, British Virgin Islands, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Kuwait, Malaysia, Monserrat, Oman, Spain and St Helena. Recently I visited the Guide Hut in Bermuda and chatted with some of the leaders and I also joined Dubai and Singapore’s division and district meetings and had the opportunity to chat some more!!
It was brilliant to join up with a lot of our BGO commissioners at our first commissioner conference. The coffee, cake and chat café was a moment for informal get-
So as you can see, I may not have left my living room but I have kept in touch with many of you. Thank you for the invitations which have enabled me to do this and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you’d like me to join you whether it is at a meeting or event.
Whatever forms of guiding you can offer the girls within the constraints of the countries where you are living is brilliant and a huge, huge thank you for all that you are doing in these particular times.
I’ll be back in touch soon !