There are nearly 8,000 Girlguiding members in Norfolk, a large and diverse county which boasts a fantastic coastline, the beautiful Norfolk Broads, many large historical towns, hundreds of small rural villages and of course the lively and vibrant city of Norwich.
Through guiding, girls have fun, adventure and the space to discover their potential. They may go on their first ever sleepover, canoe on rivers, learn about body confidence, lead their own camp or represent Norfolk on international events. Sometimes they simply have fun and try new things with friends!
Girls take the skills they learn in guiding with them as they grow up. Everything from working in a team, to taking the lead, to speaking out on issues they care about. It helps them develop the skills and confidence to become the young women they want to be, and to make a difference to the world around them.
Our membership starts with Rainbows who are aged 5-7, then Brownies aged 7-10, Guides aged 10-14, Rangers aged 14-18 and our adult leaders who are aged from 18 onwards.
All our fantastic leaders are volunteers who freely give of their time to help us achieve our aim of developing every young person’s potential through the delivery of exciting, interesting and varied weekly meetings in a ‘girl only space’.
In Norfolk we are very lucky to have our own residential centre ‘Patteson Lodge‘ and our purpose built Heritage centre ‘the ARC‘ situated within the grounds. We also jointly own, with Norfolk Scouts, Eaton Vale Activity Centre which offers a wide range of outdoor activities and residential accommodation in a beautiful, peaceful setting close to Norwich.
Do look at the rest of our website to get a flavour of all the things we do, where we are and be assured that a warm welcome awaits you or your young person if you would like to get involved and enjoy all the fun and friendship that guiding brings.
Christine Martin, County Commissioner