From gigs to glamping, 2015 was a guiding year to remember

Scottish Chief Commissioner Sue Walker, our lead volunteer for Scotland, relives some of the guiding highlights of the year. 

2015 had a lot to live up to. With the centenary of the Girlguiding movement in 2010 and our Big Brownie Birthday in 2014, you would be forgiven for thinking this year might pale in comparison with those epic celebrations. But far from it.

This was the year of our 6th Tartan Gig – our pop gig for Guides at Glasgow’s SECC – and it went down a storm with top acts from Labrinth to Neon Jungle getting an audience of 6,000 up singing and dancing. If you missed the event, catch up with some of the stars’ backstage interviews.

We followed that with Girlguiding Scotland’s first ever music festival-themed camp, G in the Park. It got fantastic coverage in the Daily Record and rave reviews from girls and Leaders alike.

And from India to Cambodia, more of our girls and young women have gone on life-changing international trips than ever before.

We’ve been busy revamping Netherurd, our mansion house in the borders which has been Scottish guiding’s home from home since the 1940s. It now boasts new adventure activities such as a gold mine caving activity, body zorbing – basically, bouncing around in an inflatable suit! – and a musical play park. The foundations are in for our ‘glamping village’ and smart new en suites add a touch of luxury.

We’ve made some big changes to better share the fun and adventure of guiding and put our members’ voices front and centre. From sharing ideas for activities and blogs on our brand new website to chatting on social media or our great new e-newsletter, there are loads of ways to stay in the loop.

The Future is Yours leadership conference we organised did a great job of opening eyes to the huge range of opportunities in guiding and dispelling the myth that grey hairs are needed to take on a top volunteer role!

I couldn’t finish a review of the highlights without mentioning our annual event, Wee-G-Opoly, which took the form of a fiercely competitive live game of monopoly in Glasgow! The weather wasn’t kind but spirits were high. A huge thank you to the girls from Croftfoot Senior Section who did a thoroughly professional job of organising it all. I know at least one of the team has since gone on to study event management at uni – another great example of guiding opening doors for our members.

Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do to make guiding such an adventure for all our members – and here’s to a Spectacular 2016!