Flexible guiding gave me great opportunities

Heather KennedyI joined Lones as a Guide, after becoming too old for my local Brownie group.

I’d had a lot of fun as a Brownie, but there was no Guide unit in my village. Thankfully, I was pointed in the direction of Lones, Girlguiding Scotland’s remote guiding scheme, and was really excited to join a new group with girls from all over Scotland. I eagerly looked forward to monthly newsletters from my leader crammed with activities, crafts and challenges. I also loved writing and receiving letters and emails from my Patrol, and making a big group of new friends. A highlight of my year was the annual gathering, which sparked a love for camping and gave me the chance to try out lots of amazing activities. I always thought that I wasn’t really missing out on anything being a Guide through the scheme, and in some ways had even more fun!

As I moved up to The Senior Section, Lones gave me the chance to stay involved with Girlguiding Scotland. And, it meant that in addition to being a Brownie leader, I could have fun myself and get to do activities for my own age group. I’ve been able to fit it in around my other activities, all the way through school and now while I’m at uni. Our leaders keep us entertained and challenged with great newsletters, and I get to hear about lots of exciting opportunities in guiding.

Lones is very flexible, meaning that I can choose when it suits me to try out activities, without having to commit to a weekly meeting that I couldn’t fit into my schedule! It also means that I can take time out during exam periods, and have an exciting pile of things to do during the holidays. I am a Senior Section member who gets just as excited about badges as my Brownies, and Lones keeps me supplied with plenty to do!

I love being a part of  an amazing group of like-minded, fun and friendly members. I’ve made great friends, done amazing things, and had opportunities I’d never have imagined. Come and join us!

Can’t get to regular unit meetings because of other commitments, disability, transport difficulties or living somewhere remote? Find out more about being a part of Scottish guiding through independent guiding here.