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A Wonderful Waddow Weekend

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1st Bebington Guides, Pegasus SS and leaders had a great weekend in the Adventure House. We made bracelets, completed the confectioners badge, went on the low ropes course and also grass sledged. The girls also made these fantastic lanterns with willow and special paper. We got the lantern kit when a few of the leaders went on the lantern making course that West Division commissioner Angela told us about earlier in the year. The girls should be able to proudly carry them at the Transition Wirral event starting at Coronation Gardens West Kirby 5.30 on 11th November. Hope to see you there!

Sunday saw us running the Waddow SOS day for the Guide age group. Around 60 girls plus leaders came from across the Region to get their Go for It I will Survive and their Active Response badge. We even managed to squeeze in the WAGGGS Surf Smart Badge! The internet is such a fantastic tool, but its like anything, we need to ensure we and the girls are aware of the risks. once you know them you can navigate around them. Take a look at the WAGGGS website!

It was great to see girls from Wallasey at the event and Sarah, Denise and Sandra! Great use of their mini bus licence.

So home, and the inevitable sorting, tidying and putting away, but a great weekend. I hope you have / had a great time I’ve you’ve taken the girls out for the day or overnight somewhere or you’re planning to.

I hope we’ll see many Rainbow and Brownies and leaders at the Christmas Cracker event. Last count we were up to 600 so it looks like its literally going to be a ‘cracker’!

Inventors Challenge – Blast Off at Spaceport!

Girlguiding Wirral saw the exciting launch of the Girlguiding North West England ‘Inventor’s Challenge’ badge available to girls of all ages in Girlguiding. The launch took place at one of Wirral’s leading learning activity centres, Spaceport, where girls of all sections from Birkenhead and Wallasey Divisions, accompanied by their leaders, were invited to take part in the fun and games at the launch event.

The sole aim of the new guiding badge is to encourage girls to enjoy aspects of science, creativity, and design, after a recent survey commissioned by GirlguidingUK, showed that 51% of the girls surveyed, said they veered away from engineering, due to the overall lack of interest and because of the extreme lack of female role models. The Wallace and Gromit Inventor’s Challenge was created by members of Girlguiding North West England, and the project is kindly supported from Cracking Ideas ® and Aardman Animations™. The badge includes activities and challenges ranging from invention and design, to learning about inspiration female role models in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.Spaceport

The launch event started with a very special meet and greet with the lovable duo, Wallace and Gromit, which all the girls (and the leaders) enjoyed! After the meet and greet, everyone was invited into Spaceport’s dome theatre, to hear about how the Inventors Challenge was put together and the relevance of the badge in today’s society, but that wasn’t before a quick sing along to ‘Singing in the Rain’ with Wirral’s County Commissioner, Linda Smallthwaite, leading the way to a background of thunder and lightening overhead outside!

With the speeches and singing out of the way, the girls were then free to roam and explore Spaceport, participating in some of the entertainment and activities available to the centre and even including a very special visit to the ‘Wallace and Gromit in Space’ exhibition being held at the centre now. The rainbows were keen on drawing and designing their very rockets and spaceships for Wallace and Gromit, whilst the brownies and senior sections particularly enjoyed modelling with clay and experiencing what space is really like in Spaceport’s very own space simulator.

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‘We’re ready for blast off’ said Wallace

Part of the proceeds from the sale of the badges will go to the Wallace and Gromit Children’s Foundation, a national charity for poorly children in hospices and hospitals throughout theUK.

The Inventor’s Challenge pack is free and ready to download from the Girlguiding website, so get cracking on with the Inventor’s Challenge badge this term and let’s encourage girls to enjoy the excitement and wonder of science and design!

Spaceport has kindly offered extended Wednesday open hours until 8pm, for all guiding members from the 3rd of October. This results in members having an even bigger opportunity to gain inspiration and experience the galleries and interactive exhibitions that Spaceport has to offer. See www.spaceport.org.uk for more information.

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