Festival celebrates Girlguiding across Highlands and Islands

Girlguiding's Fusion Festival celebrates the new Highlands and Islands merger.

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Girlguiding Highlands and Islands will celebrate the formation of its new Girlguiding county by hosting a virtual festival – Fusion Fest.

The new county sees the merger of six Girlguiding counties and will include Argyll, the Highlands and Western Isles.

Girls and young women from across the Highlands and Islands are invited to take part in a weekend of fun and adventure on June 12-13 with activities such as rocket building, games, yoga, Zumba and self-care sessions for all ages .

There will also be a den building challenge, as well as a design a mocktail class. All activities will be hosted over Zoom, Facebook live and YouTube.

The festival is open to all girls and young women and they don’t need to be a member of Girlguiding to join in.

Non-members are invited to take part to find out more about all the fun and exciting things Girlguiding has to offer.

The theme of the festival is on Growing Stronger Together, to mark the importance of the new areas coming together.

As part of the event, girls aged 10-18 can enter a competition to design the publicity material for the event.

Liz Bamber, county commissioner for Caithness, said: ‘This is going to be a great opportunity for girls from across Highlands and Islands and further afield to join together for a fantastic selection of diverse activities.

‘Existing members and those who would like to see what Guiding has to offer are welcome to take part and find out all that guiding has to offer.’

The festival is part of the charity’s work to brings benefits to girls and young women across Scotland, from fostering new friendships and confidence, to developing life skills and having fun.

As guiding groups adapt to Coronavirus restrictions, the charity’s volunteers have been delivering guiding in new and innovative ways to keep connected and empower girls and young women.

To take part in the Fusion Festival, email GirlguidingHandIevents@gmail.com  before May 31.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or who knows a girl who would like to join guiding, please visit www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk/get-involved/