Octagon was Irish Girl Guides’ 14th International Camp, held virtually from 31 July to 2 August 2021. Due to the global pandemic caused by COVID, the camp, which was originally to be held in Clongowes Woods, in Clane, Co. Kildare, adapted so that Octagon 2021 happened in a variety of places in a variety of ways.  Camp ceremonies and activities streamed live from our host location of Dublin City University!  Check out all our amazing ceremonies at: www.youtube.com/users/IrishGirlGuides


Octagon was a fun-filled, three-day event with over 1,000 members of Irish Girl Guides (IGG) and our international friends, representing 10 countries, “camping” at home and locally, connected together via a programme of online and at home events and activities.


The Irish Girl Guides’ spirit enabled us to find ways to join in the fun and stay connected – from our homes, from our campsites, from across the world. For IGG members, search ‘Octagon’ in the Activities section of OGM for lots of great planning ideas!


Our camp theme – Adaptability – focused on how we engage with the world and each other.  Each camper participated in a variety of activity sessions focused on learning more about the Sustainable Development Goals, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) and the Outdoors.  Sessions involved an online element with plenty of challenges and outdoor activities that enabled campers to learn new skills, explore new things and make new friends with other girls all over Ireland and with other WAGGGS members from around the world.  Thank you to all our fantastic leaders and crew who guided each of these sessions!

Camp Crew!

The Octagon Camp Team send a special thanks to all the many leaders who made camp possible by volunteering for the Camp Crew. Much of their work happened behind the scenes preparing for the activity sessions.  Thank you for all the hours you put in to develop your plans, learning new online facilitation skills and sharing your energy and enthusiasm with all of our campers.

If you are interested in volunteering with Irish Girl Guides in future, please contact National Office at info@irishgirlguides.ie.

Camp Merchandise

We have a special piece of camp merchandise that is still available for purchase.  Our camp merchandise is our Octagon socks – they’ll keep your toes warm!

Here is a photo of a group of girls in Newfoundland Canada wearing theirs! Thanks to Clarice for sending it to us.


Buy your own from our online shop – Click here.


Relive the magic of camp with our camp highlights video:



Lead your unit in a campfire sing-a-long led by the Howth Guide Unit:



Learn more about the 110 Years of Guiding in Ireland:


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A very special thank you to all those who help make Octagon 2021 possible! 

Arts Council 

Department of CEDIY  

Dublin City Council

Dublin City University  

ESB Energy for Generations Fund


Irish Aid 

National Youth Council of Ireland  



Science Foundation Ireland  



Thank you to all who supported Irish Girl Guides with funding, preferential rates and free gifts:

Big Red Engine, Dublin

Cardboard Magic, Dublin 

CoTab, Cork  

Create School, Dublin 

Customwear, Cork 

EvBoo, UK  

Irish Socksciety, Galway  

LearnIT, Dublin  

Lizstitchit, Louth  

National Pen, Louth 

Neogen, Dublin 

Outdoor Adventure Store, Wicklow

Quay Books, Limerick  

Savvy Print, Galway 

Shelley Tobin Yoga, Tipperary 

Sportsink, Dublin  

Visual Newsdesk, Dublin  


The Woggle Makers, UK