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Guides camp out – at home!

Posted onPosted on 21st Jul

Members of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire came together virtually to mark the 90th birthday of one of its properties.
Elton Campsite, close to Orston, was gifted to Girlguiding Nottinghamshire in 1930 by Col. G.N. Pearson.

Despite all group meetings being suspended because of the coronavirus crisis, Girlguiding members took part in the commemorative camp — from their own homes.

A total of more than 1,350 members of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire took part in the camp, across all age groups.

There were Rainbows (aged 5-7 years), Brownies (7-10 years), Guides (10 to 14 years) and Rangers (14 to 18 years) as well as adult leaders and members of the Trefoil Guild.

As part of the camp, members took part in a series of tasks, including singing Happy Birthday to Elton, making a birthday card, having a campfire and enjoying birthday cake.

They earned a special badge for the event. All proceeds from sales of the badge are being donated to the Children’s Bereavement Centre, which offers help and support for children aged 3-18 who are grieving after the death or terminal illness diagnosis of someone close.

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire said the charity offers services across the county and it was agreed that in these difficult times the cause would resonate with members.

Jackie Brocklehurst, County Commissioner for Girlguiding Nottinghamshire, launched the camp on Facebook with a special message, welcoming members to the event.

Additionally, a video was made to commemorate the event, which included pictures and videos of girls and adult volunteers from across the county all coming together to celebrate.

The video can be viewed at

Sarah Clarkson, chair of the Elton Committee, said: “We were looking forward to being together to celebrate all the fun and adventure we have at Elton, but instead 1,350 people will have special memories of our Stay at Home Camp.

“Thanks to everybody who joined in and everybody who had a hand in organising and promoting the camp.”

For details about Girlguiding Nottinghamshire call County Headquarters on 0115 987 7220 or visit

To find out more about the Children’s Bereavement Centre in Newark go to