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Girlguiding Moray's maiden virtual camp hailed as big success


By Jonathan Clark

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Ava Murray (9) from 1st Keith Brownies got into the camping spirit.
Ava Murray (9) from 1st Keith Brownies got into the camping spirit.

GIRLGUIDING Moray's first ever virtual camp has been hailed as a great success by those who took part.

Over the weekend, Girlguiding Moray hosted their llama-themed online camp for more than 200 girls across the United Kingdom.

Girlguiding members from as far afield as Edinburgh, Leicestershire, and even Cyprus joined in the fun.

The camp included crafts, science experiments and a number of special guests.

Freya McDonald (8) getting into the llama fiesta spirit.
Freya McDonald (8) getting into the llama fiesta spirit.

Former Forres guide Lauren Sedgley provided a virtual salsa lesson, author Simon James Green read his story Llama Glamarama and Alves-based Auld Mill Alpacas did a question and answer session with the girls to name just a few.

Alison Williams, Girlguiding Moray’s County Commissioner, said: “Who would have known how successful this event would be?

"We would normally have had two camps by now. Unfortunately, lockdown meant we had to change our plans, but we didn’t want that to beat us, so we decided to do a virtual camp instead.

"I was overwhelmed by the support of the girls’ families, their creativity and innovation to help the girls take part in all the activities."

Claire Neish, leader at 1st Keith Brownies, added: “Thanks to all who organised and helped make the camp such a success. It was amazing.

"Thanks for helping ensure girls receive an amazing guiding experience in this challenging time.”

Many thanks were extended from the organisers to locals who helped make the event special for the kids.

Elisabeth Williams, one of many organisers, said: “We would like to extend an extra special thank you to Carole and John from Auld Mill Alpacas in Alves, who did way more than we expected and provided us with three fantastic pre-recorded videos as well as joining us for a live Q&A session on Sunday morning.

"Also, Mollie from Life and Sole, and Rhoda Bain from Yogazone who both provided a Sunday morning workout for all of the girls.”

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