Honorary Vice Presidency for Chief Guide

Gill Slocombe

Gill Slocombe

Chief Guide Gill Slocombe has become an honorary Vice President of The Camping and Caravanning Club.

Gill, selected as Girlguiding UK’s Chief Guide in May 2011, was voted in at the Club’s AGM in Scotland last month.

She originally joined the movement as a Brownie and has continued to support guiding and the outdoors lifestyle ever since.

It is a long-standing tradition for the Club to invite the Chief Guide and Chief Scout (Bear Grylls is already an honorary VP) to maintain that historic link between the organisations.

Lord Robert Baden-Powell of Gilwell (President from 1919-40), who founded the Scout and Guide movements, and his grandson Lord Robert Baden Powell (President from 1992-2002), have both been Club Presidents.

Robert Louden, the Club’s Director General, is enthused by the news and said: “Encouraging young people to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle is key for both the Club and Girlguiding UK and that is why we are delighted to have Gill as an honorary Vice President.

“As two leading outdoors associations, we look forward to continuing to maintain a strong relationship to inspire the youth of today to continue to enjoy the outdoors and keep our traditions alive.”

Gill added: “I’m thrilled to have been elected honorary Vice President of the Club as my family and I have enjoyed camping and caravanning holidays for many years.

“Girlguiding UK actively promotes the value of getting outdoors and, of course, camping is a big part of the range of exciting and adventurous opportunities we offer our young members and volunteers.”

For more information about the Club’s history, visit: www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/ aboutus/history

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 110-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 109 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 20 Camping in the Forest Touring Sites.
  2. Real Richness was launched on Monday, April 18, 2011.
  3. New to Camping incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.

National awards include:

  • Midlands CIPR PRide Awards 2011 Finalist – Real Richness: The List (Integrated Communications, Not-for-Profit, Consumer Relations)
  • Marketing Week Engage 2011 Awards Finalist (PR) – New to Camping
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2012 – Ashbourne, Corfe Castle, Charmouth, Folkestone (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2012 – Lauder (Silver)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2012 – Barnard Castle, Dunbar (Bronze)
  • Midlands CIPR PRide Awards 2010 Gold Winner – New to Camping (Not-for-Profit)
  • Midlands CIPR PRide Awards 2010 Silver Winner – New to Camping (Consumer Relations)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Skye Club Site (Scotland)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Delamere Forest Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Corfe Castle Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Oban Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011 – Chipping Norton (Silver)
  • Which Motorhome Sites of the Year 2011- Dunbar Club Site
  • Practical Motorhome 2010 Top 50 Sites Regional Winner – Hereford Club Site
  • Caravan/Motor Caravan 2010 Top 101 Sites Winner – Sandringham Club Site
  • AA Campsite of the Year Heart of England 2010 – Teversal Club Site

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