Friends of British Girlguiding Overseas

The aim of the Friends is to provide practical and financial support to BGO. we help fund camps, support travel costs for girls returning to the UK for camps and provide badge and marketing tools to help to promote BGO throughout Girlguiding. We offer a free one year’s membership to all BGO leaders returning to the UK - but please let us know you are coming back!

Your Favourite Places or Flora and Fauna’ - Photo Competition

We would love to see one (or more) of your pictures (1 MB minimum) of your favourite place near where you live in BGO or of some local flowers or wildlife. It is important that there are no people in the pictures.

The Friends are putting together notelets and a calendar (to sell) and need your pictures to illustrate them.

The selected pictures for the cards will be reproduced as paintings by Anne Brien, one of our committee members. The prize for the 6 pictures chosen will be the original paintings. We will however retain the copyright for future use. (The pictures will be used for merchandise by Friends of BGO)

More pictures will be selected for use on a calendar dated from June 2022

The closing date for this competition is 10 January 2022

Please email your picture(s) to , including your contact details and the title and location of your pictures. Please include a completed entry form.

We will use the first name and location when announcing the winners.

The winners will be notified before the end of the year. All of these items will be available to buy at our 2022 AGM

For your submission the following details should be sent in the email

  • Your name
  • Your age (if you are under 18)
  • Your unit
  • Your preferred email address
  • Your address
  • Location of the photo
  • Date taken
  • Your title for the picture


Chris Glover, the Chair of Friends can be contacted by email at She gained her experience in Germany and the Middle East.

Meetings and Membership

We have an annual meeting to which all members are invited. We get together somewhere in the UK and every three years we have one in Europe. It’s a great chance to catch up with old friends and make new friendships. We have all at sometime had a connection with British Girlguiding Overseas (formerly BGIFC) and have many memories and adventures to recall. You will also receive newsletters from BGO.

Anne Brien is the welcoming member for Friends and she will be delighted to hear from you. You can contact her at There is an annual subscription of £15.


We have a Friends enamel brooch (£5 including UK postage) available at this link and we also sell Friends notelet cards (£5 for a pack of 4).

You can support the Friends by joining the 100 club. For a stake of £10 per year your name is entered into three cash draws.

100 Club Draw - Summer 2021

  • 1st Jo Dowling £50
  • 2nd Pam Hewson £25
  • 3rd Anne Rutterham £10

100 Club Draw - March 2021

  • 1st Prize Anne Dunford £50
  • 2nd Prize Jane Sheridan £25
  • 3rd Prize Ann Mitchell £10

100 Club Draw - January 2021

  • 1st Prize Ann Boxall £50
  • 2nd Prize Jane Sheridan £25
  • 3rd Prize Jean Parkes £10