End of year update from Diane

December 15, 2021

An end of year update from Diane, British Girguiding Overseas' Chief Commissioner

Hello everyone

Well what another year we have had!

Some units have yoyo-ed between virtual and face to face meetings, others have only met face to face (aren’t they lucky?!) while some have remained on Zoom as country restrictions have remained at maximum levels. However, throughout it all, BGO volunteers have stayed positive and offered whatever kind of guiding experience they could to our young members.

Our virtual festival Action ’21 was a huge success and brought more than half of us together during the six-week event. The girls had fun both at home with the challenges as well as at the online workshops where they could chat with friends from all around BGO. Our adult volunteers had their fun during the adult skills builder sessions and also met up at the training sessions.  

We have also had Ella, in Singapore, successfully complete the top Girlguiding award for young members, the Queen’s Guide award and Callie in Malaysia successfully complete the Commonwealth Knowledge badge - many, many congratulations to them both!

It was great to see so many of you at our Festive Frolics celebration on 11th December where Adele and Freya led us through festive fun in the form of a quiz, a task master, crafts and lots of laughs. What fun we had!

Earlier that day I had joined Ruth, our International Adviser, and Brooke, our World Scout Jamboree Patrol Leader, in a Zoom session when we met some of our young member applicants for the World Scout Jamboree which will be held in South Korea in 2023. It was amazing to meet all these amazing, enthusiastic young members. I also joined our Lones in their last meeting of the year to congratulate our Rainbow and Brownies on completing their Rainbow Gold and Brownie Bronze and Gold awards.

2022 is already looking exciting too….

In January we will complete our selection of young members for World Scout Jamboree and in February we want to link units up to share meetings as we did this year. We will also have our postcard exchange. Ruth will be letting you know more about this in January.   Hazel and I hope that we can travel to see you in 2022 and we are looking forward to seeing lots of you at our UK residential event, Together 22, next July at Waddow Hall, Lancashire. Registration is now extended and you can find full details on the BGO website. If you are interested in coming, please sign up as we need to confirm our booking at Waddow Hall soon. We realise that a lot will depend on the pandemic situation at the time but we do need to know now about expressions of interest.

Our Saturday virtual cafés will continue in 2022 so please keep your eye out for information about our all member, commissioner, young leader, international, OAA, inclusion & diversity and Queens Guide sessions and please come along to which ever one interests you. Virtual training sessions will also continue to be offered.

Our Awards committee will sit in March so please remember to nominate any member who has gone above and beyond in their role for either one of our BGO awards or a national award. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Adele, our awards chair and she will help you.

Ladies, I hope that you all have a wonderful festive time as this year comes to an end.  I want to say a huge, huge thank you to you all for all that you have done for the girls and young women in your care. It is thanks to you that BGO remains the wonderful, caring, inclusive region that it is.   With my very best wishes Diane