Girls Can Do Anything!

17th July 17 by the County Office

Hertfordshire Guides were inspired and motivated to speak out about key issues that they care about when Oliver Dowden CBE, member of Parliament (MP) for Hertsmere, came to visit them at Morven, Potters Bar as part of the Great Patrol Hunt competition.

The Guides were delighted to welcome Oliver to their camp who spoke to them about his route to becoming an MP and the campaigns that he has been involved in. It was a tremendous opportunity to talk directly to a politician and to feel listened to. Oliver led a debating workshop that supported the girls on how to present a persuasive dialogue for change.

Guides told us “Why can’t we see more women’s sport on TV – it’s always the men who get the publicity!” and “How is it fair that women get paid less than men for doing the same jobs?”  Other issues close to the girls’ hearts were immigration, terrorism and education for all.  One patrol even presented Girlguiding as their passion, shouting out about all of the opportunities and confidence it has given them, not to mention the new friendships.

Guides from all over Hertfordshire participated in the annual Great Patrol Hunt competition. The competition spans from October 2016 to June 2017 with three rounds. The theme for the event was influenced by the national Girlguiding ‘Girl’s Can’ campaign. Throughout the year, Guides aged between 10 to 14 years of age have got muddy with raft building;  journeyed on a virtual trip from China to Russia in a challenge day inspired by the Joanna Lumley’s Japan series; and ended with a camp weekend where the Guides explored engineering and science challenges.

The competition has demonstrated that girls really ‘can do anything’ when given opportunities.

Next year’s competition begins on 14th October 2017 in Hatfield.  It is open to patrols of Guides aged 10-14 years.  Adult leaders, whilst welcome, are NOT required to come with their girls.  Please visit to visit the photo gallery and find out more about our events and encourage your Guides to come along.