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Jan 2019

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas whether you were celebrating in the snow, the rain, the sun, in the mountains, in the forest, in the desert or by the sea.

2019 will be another exciting year for BGO. 

For our volunteers we have lots of training sessions planned - Singapore and the Middle East in February, Benelux and France in March, Spain and the Spanish islands in May, at HQ in London in July and of course at our biannual event this year at Whitemoor Lakes in August. These are in addition to first response and safe guarding trainings being held in other areas and e-learning modules that you can access through the Girlguiding website. At Whitemoor Lakes there is also the opportunity to do some of the exciting activities that the centre offer so please do sign up for the event. 

Don’t forget our new BGO thanks and recognition awards - the committee will sit for the first time on 16th February so please do nominate all those you feel worthy of recognition as we need your help. More information about how to nominate can be found within the awards part of the website. 

I’m delighted to let you know that a BGO leader, Rosemary, is leading the adult service team for the UK contingent for EuroJam 2020. Congratulations Rosemary!!

For our young members, we have a group attending the World Scout Jamboree in July - I’ve seen the programme and know that they will have a wonderful time and make friends and memories which will last a lifetime. 

We also have our Compass 19 event at Whitemoor lakes so if there are girls in your units who are interested but who haven’t signed up yet please encourage them to do so They too will make new friends and have lots of fun and adventure. 

For our Rangers there will be the opportunity to follow Peer Educator training so that we can offer this wonderful opportunity of our older young members taking the lead in Brownie and Guide meetings through Peer Ed sessions. The new Young Person award for outstanding service to guiding within BGO is also not to be forgotten - do you know anyone who meets the criteria and the committee can thank and recognise?

Watch for news coming out soon of our 2020 BGO led international camp for guides in Cyprus. The nine UK regions will each be sending a patrol of Guides to join us at this exciting event.

AND the fun and excitement won’t stop here as there will be lots going on in unit meetings - new programme activities, badges and challenges, helping in  local communities, Thinking Day activities, sleepovers, camps and events…….

I look forward to seeing you in 2019  and hope that it will be a happy, healthy and successful year for you and the units you guide with.

Best wishes