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Oban District Rangers, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows have been doing their very best to keep active and serve their community during the recent restricted times.
Unable to meet in their hall, and with group events cancelled, the girls have been taking part in online activities set out by the national Girlguiding organisation.
All girls were sent the Girlguiding Scotland’s Tri Sports Challenge Booklet to complete at home if they wished and have been taking part in Out and About in the Dark, Window to the World and Guiding at Hame challenges.
The District was fortunate to receive a grant from Tesco so all Rainbows,
Brownies, Guides and Rangers have received crafts, which they can either
complete at home, or during the virtual meetings or face-to-face unit meetings. Individual pencils cases were also purchased for when the girls are back meeting in the Guide Hall.
The 1st Oban Rainbows have been meeting online and some Rainbows have
completed Bronze, Silver and Gold awards during this time. The Rainbows are
also taking part in the Act Your Age with BBC Children in Need, to earn a
The girls will also be able to enjoy a Virtual Panto with all parents/carers of girls either currently members or on the 100-strong waiting lists receiving the link to join the fun on Friday December 11, though it can be watched at any time during the timescale given.
Leaders are all working hard to make plans for supporting Girlguiding from January onwards. Each leader and units’ circumstances are different and the guidelines are different for each age range, so those not in a position to return to meeting in the hall, will be offered online opportunities to join in and access the programme.
A virtual event is also being planned for June 2021 when members from Ross-shire, Caithness, Western Isles, Orkney and Sutherland Counties will all join in.
In the meantime the Guide Hall has been undergoing a bit of a makeover inside and out, and is now ready to welcome the girls back when appropriate.
Indeed the 5th Oban Brownies have recently been enjoying the revamped facility following the completion of an extensive risk assessment.
District commissioner Alison MacKenzie said: ‘Girlguiding in Oban District have worked hard over the past years to refurbish the Guide Hall on Soroba Road, so it has been unfortunate that now the work is completed we are not able for all our units to meet face to face at present.
‘Meetings stopped in March since when Girlguiding at Scottish and UK level have been providing guidance and support to leaders with a wide range of activities available online and as a district we have tried to keep in touch with all the girls and their leaders.
‘All our leaders are volunteers and we always welcome new ones, so if you would like to find out more about Girlguiding in Oban please get in touch.’
Oban District Guides wish to thank the following for ensuring their HQ is fit for purpose for years to come.
Grants and Donations received from: Oban Common Good Fund, Bid for Oban, West Highland Housing Association, ACHA, Oban Commercial Lodge, Floorshop, Homebase, MKM.
Contractors: David Taylor, Janek, Oban Blinds, Craigard Décor, Graham Heron, Keith McMillan, Steven Forteith, Alan May.
Any parents/carers and people interested in becoming a leader can contact Alison at email@example.com