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Wimbleball 2018

Wimbleball 2018 BadgeGuides and Senior Section are invited to join us at Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor from 6th - 8th July 2018 for a weekend of water sports and onshore activities. These weekends have proved very popular in the past and we would urge you to book your places early to avoid disappointment!

Leaders are welcome to participate in the water sports on offer (sailing, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, raft building and wind surfing), but there is a reduced rate for those Leaders who would prefer to keep their feet on dry land and join the girls for climbing, archery, geo-caching, crafts and much more. A Residential Licence is not required.

This fully catered weekend costs £100.00 per person (£60.00 for Leaders who are not taking part in the water sports). A deposit will secure your places and a staged payment plan is available for bookings made before the end of February 2018.

The closing date for bookings is 30th April 2018.

Click here to download the flyer and booking form.

Click here to see the DVD of Wimbleball 2013 to give you a flavour of the opportunities on offer.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Groups for Activities and Events.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Trainings, Activities and Events for Individual Participants.

 

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The Region's Roadshows for 2018 are Filling Fast!

Roadshow Badge 2018The Region's Roadshows are free of charge, but we do ask for a deposit of £5.00 per head which will be returned on arrival. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and we recommend you book early to avoid disappointment!

Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey
Saturday 21st April 2018
For girls from all Sections and their families, and Leaders and their families. No Unit bookings
Closing date 21st March 2018


This is a day-long event. Birdworld is the UK's largest bird park and extends over 26 acres.

Click here for more information and the booking form.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Groups for Activities and Events.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Trainings, Activities and Events for Individual Participants.

 

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The Royal International Air Tattoo 2018

Rainbows and airmenFollowing on from the huge success of our visits to The Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in 2016 and 2017, we are thrilled to be invited to attend again on Friday 13th July 2018.

The day is aimed at school children and other youth groups with the hope of inspiring the next generation of engineers, scientists and aviators. This year's show will be very special as it will be at the centre of RAF100, the international Centenary celebrations of the Royal Air Force, and there will be a Royal Review on the Friday with a unique RAF fly-past.

The day is free of charge, but tickets are limited and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and as it is a school day, permission for your girls to attend will need to be sought from their respective headteachers. However the day can be classed as an 'educational visit' and as far as we are aware, very few headteachers have declined permission in the past.

If you are unable to attend, but know of a Unit nearby which will be doing so, please ask whether your girls would be able to join up with theirs for the day so they don't miss out on this great opportunity.

Click here to download more information and the booking form. Please note the closing date is Friday 11th May 2018.

Click here to download a letter which can be sent to headteachers requesting permission for girls to attend the Air Tattoo.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Groups for Activities and Events.

 

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A Safe Space Training

Leaders' trainingIf you are the main contact in your Unit, you will have received the information regarding A Safe Space training which is taking place across the Region in 2018. If you have not received this, please e-mail julie@ggswe.org.uk. Do book a place on one of the training dates as soon as possible, even if this is going to be later in 2018. This will help us to ensure we can accommodate everyone.

If you are not attached to a Unit but are responsible for running residentials, you will need to book a place on one of the training dates. Please download the information below.

A Safe Space Training 2018 Information Sheet.

A Safe Space Training 2018 Dates.

A Safe Space Training 2018 Reply Slip.

Dates and venues for the A Safe Space training are included in the list of Cross Boundary Training opportunities which are available to you - see below.

 

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Cross Boundary Training

Adult Members chattingIn conjunction with your County/Island Commissioners, the Region has been exploring ways of offering our very busy Leaders more choice and flexibility when looking for training opportunities.

We appreciate how frustrating it can be to have to travel many miles within your own County to attend a training event, when something similar, or indeed, something different, might be on offer a short distance away in another County or Island. With this in mind it has been decided to introduce Cross Boundary Training and you will now have access to a full list of training opportunities which are available to you across the Region. The list will be regularly updated so remember to keep checking it.

If you are responsible for training within your County or Island, please make sure you submit the details to the Region Office using the form we have provided - click here to download. We hope that by opening up your trainings to Region Members outside your immediate County, your will find it easier to fill the places and avoid having to cancel trainings or run these at a loss; and of course, new faces may introduce some new ideas and help encourage cross boundary networking.

Remember that help with the costs associated with attending some trainings is available through the Leadership and Training Grant. Click here for more information.

Click here to download the list of trainings which are currently available across the Region.

 

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Try, Inspire, Qualify

Try, Inspire, Qualify LogoOur first Try, Inspire, Qualify weekend in October 2016 was a great success with over 60 Leaders attending a weekend of activities, training opportunities and assessments. Many went home with new qualifications including the Archery GB Instructor Award, CIEH Level 2 Food Safety, and boating awards. One of those who gained the Core Coach Fencing qualification was Rosie Gitsham from Devon. Her County received equipment worth £500 from British Fencing for Rosie to use to train others, and Rosie sent the following letter to her County:

"I have just returned from a fun-filled weekend at Try, Inspire, Qualify at Foxlease. I am writing to thank you Devon County for providing £60.00 towards this weekend. I passed the British Fencing Qualification and am now able to offer fencing sessions to Guide and Senior Section Units. Once the fencing equipment and coaching booklet has arrived I will be able to start offering sessions.

"During the weekend I challenged myself on the high ropes and climbing wall and tried whittling for the first time. I also listened to storytelling and went to a campfire. It was a lovely and relaxed weekend where some people tried new activities, others qualified and some did both. It was good to see Guiders I recognised from past events and meet Guiders from across the South West Region. This was one of my favourite 'training' weekends. I hope that Try, Inspire, Qualify becomes an annual event to allow more Guiders from Devon to try activities and gain a qualification."

Brilliant news! Try, Inspire, Qualify will be back at Foxlease for the weekend of Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd September 2018. You will be able to attend for the whole weekend or for just a day, half a day, or for particular sessions.

Full details and a booking form will be available in your February Region Newsletter, in the meantime please make a note of the date and keep the weekend free!

 

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Ballroom Blitz

Ballroom Blitz badgeAnother date for your diary! In partnership with Girlguiding Scotland we are offering two fabulous sleepovers with a difference for our Brownies and Guides at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. The cost of each weekend is £75.00 per person and will include entry into Sealife Blackpool, Madame Tussauds Blackpool, the 4D Cinema and Circus - and, of course, a dancing competition!

The first weekend is on 8th and 9th September 2018 and is for Brownies and their Leaders. The second weekend from 29th - 30th September 2018 is for Brownies aged 9+, Guides, and their respective Leaders.

Full details and a booking form will be available in your February Region Newsletter.

 

 

 

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International Opportunities

INTOPS Badge We are now seeking applications from Members aged over 18 who would like to lead the Region's INTOPS and ICE trips in 2019 and 2020. Join us at Ferny Crofts Scout Activity Centre in Brockenhurst, Hampshire from Friday 4th - Sunday 6th May 2018 to find out more and to enable us to identify possible leadership teams for our forthcoming trips. The cost of the weekend will be covered by your Guiding County/Island and includes accommodation, activities and food - and in future everyone who attends a Region INTOPS will receive this new badge which will not be available to buy.

Click here to download further information.

Click here to download the application form which must be returned to the Region Office by 31st March 2018.

The girls INTOPS will be held on 29th June - 1st July 2018, again at Ferny Crofts. Contact your County/Island International Adviser for more information. If you are not sure who your International Adviser is, please call the Region Office on 01722 329306.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Trainings, Activities and Events for Individual Participants.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for International Trips and Challenge Events for Individual Participants.

 

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Booking Terms and Conditions

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Trainings, Activities and Events for Individual Participants.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for Groups for Activities and Events.

Click here to download the Booking Terms and Conditions for International Trips and Challenge Events for Individual Participants.

 

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