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Girlguiding Lancashire North West
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Have you thought you would like to take part in an international experience?

Within Lancashire North West there are a number of ways to think globally and gain new international experiences.

International Travel from the County

In 2011, travellers from Lancashire North-West (LNW) visited Switzerland (4 groups!), Paris and Dublin. This meant in 2011 we had nine Brownies, 94 Guides, 42 Senior Section and 59 Leaders a grand total of 204 girls and leaders gaining International experiences.

In 2012 we have the County trip to California, USA. Girl Scouts USA celebrate their centenary in 2012 and there are a number of camps taking place up and down the country. Lancashire North West have chosen to join the ‘California Dreamin’ camp in July/ August this year. The girls will take part in the USA camp for a week and then travel the short distance to San Francisco to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. They will then fly to Los Angeles to Disney Land and enjoy three days before flying home.

We have five girls that have been chosen to represent LNW at the Region International events this year. The girls will travel to Morocco, or to Eastern Europe. They will all take part in community events supporting or helping the local area. There will also be an opportunity to see the ‘tourist’ sites too.

Another young guider was selected onto a GOLD project after attending an INTOPS weekend at Guys Farm. She is off to Malawi.

And another young guider is leading a small team to Roverway in Finland.

We also have guider currently working at Our Chalet, Switzerland.

All the Guides, senior section and leaders are great ambassadors for Girlguiding UK and we are very proud at LNW to have such a great passion for International travel.

Future Events

If you think you would like to take your unit abroad there are lots of opportunities to do so

There are also opportunities to still have an international experience without leaving the UK by attending a International Camp here. Listed events, as above, are on the Guide website.


Are you…

17 – 30 years old?

Interested in International Guiding?

Eager to make like-minded friends on a fun weekend?

Interested in going on a GOLD Project?

Then the annual INTOPS (INTernational OPportunitieS) weekend is for you!

INTOPS (INTernational OPportunitieS) is a fun-filled, action-packed weekend where you can meet new friends, have a great time and learn about international opportunities available in guiding. In the words of one 2011 participant: ‘Only in guiding could you do so many random and crazy things in a weekend!’ Are you up for the challenge?

INTOPS 2012 will be held on 28 – 30 September 2012 at Woodhouse Park Activity Centre in the South West Region. To join the INTOPS mailing list or to find out further information just email

The North –West Region International opportunities event for girls will be at Waddow, Clitheroe 21st-23rd September 2012. This is for trips in 2013.

LNW have three places allocated to them and a County International Day is planned 16/17th June 2012 at Guys Farm, Garstang. For further details please contact

Global Opportunities Pool

Each year amazing opportunities are available for adult members (usually aged 18-35) to represent Girlguiding UK at international conferences, seminars and training events organised by WAGGGS or other international organisations. These events give young women the opportunity to develop new skills, meet Guides from around the world and have their voices heard within an international forum. Participants could be involved in anything from discussing climate change to women’s rights, or contributing to the development of World Guiding.

Often these opportunities come up at quite short notice, making it harder to find people to attend. Therefore, Girlguiding UK is forming a new Global Opportunities Pool. We would like members aged 18-35 who are interested in representing Girlguiding UK at these events to apply to be part of this Global Opportunities Pool. They will then be held on file and those with the necessary experience may be invited to apply should something suitable come up.

Anyone interested in being included in the Global Opportunities Pool should complete the form below by outlining their interests and experience and what they would hope to gain from attending an international seminar or conference. Email the completed form to

There is no guarantee that members who are part of the Global Opportunities Pool will have the chance to represent Girlguiding UK at an international event, but if an opportunity arises that matches their skills and interests, they will receive details of the application process.

Global Ops Application Form
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Adult International Opportunities

We are always looking for adults to lead and assist with groups that are going abroad. Could you help? As well as having a fantastic experience yourself you would be giving young women the opportunity to experience a Guide/ Senior Section event abroad. If you would like to lead or assist at the next County trip please contact.

There are opportunities to attend a Region event to lead or assist a Region trip in 2013 this is to be held on Sunday 8th July 2012. For further details please contact This is an open event and any leader interested can attend.

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