At 8.10pm on 20th October, Guiding units from around the country stopped what they were doing and reaffirmed their guiding promise together.
Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, senior section and the Trefoil Guild of Kenilworth and Warwick joined hundreds of others across the UK to celebrate 100 years of Girlguiding. The event called Vision brought together many of the UK’s Guiding communities to share their vision of the next 100 years and what they wanted to achieve.
In Kenilworth and Warwick three events were held and all included a video link-up with Chief Guide Liz Burley. Liz Burley spoke from a Vision event in Oxfordshire where she was also attending Girlguiding UK’s Young Women’s World Forum which brought together girls and young women from all over the world to discuss the Millennium Development Goals.
At Rough Close Scout Campsite, Stoke-on-Trent, 390 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section, Guiders and their families attended the Centenary launch. The night included presentations from each Unit giving facts from each decade over the last one hundred years. The event ended with a firework display. Event organiser, Rachel Mountjoy, said: “They each presented a display board and the presentations included a rap and signing for the deaf.”
Other members congregated at Guy Nelson Hall at Warwick School for a Roller Disco. Division Commissioner Julie Atkins said: “The girls had tremendous fun, as well as the adults some of whom hadn’t put a pair of roller skates on before.”
She added: “It has been a really busy year especially for the Leaders but one that I wouldn’t have missed for the world. That’s what Guiding is all about, fun, friendship and opportunities to challenge you.”
Twenty-six members of the Kenilworth and Warwick Trefoil Guild also celebrated with a meal at Kenilworth’s Guide Headquarters. Each member was given a Centenary bookmark, a VISION badge and a souvenir teddy bear which each had a bow in one of the three Centenary colours.
The guiding movement began in 1909 and is the largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women. Almost half of all women in the UK have been involved in guiding at some stage in their lives and the Centenary celebrations have provided an opportunity to reflect on the impact the organisation has made on the lives of girls and young women. It also gave them the chance to reflect on their own goals as a unit and look to the future.