December 11 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Every week they get together as a group to learn new skills, earn expert badges, help in their communities and have fun with friends.
But this week hundreds of girl guides have swapped their usual meetings to come together in Norfolk to try alternative activities during an adventurous break.
The youngsters have come as far as Lincolnshire and Oxfordshire for the Anglia 13 camp at Hautbois Activity Centre, in Coltishall, which marks the biggest regional get together Anglian Guides have held for 10 years.
And yesterday they were joined by a special VIP guest who joined the girls in some of the more unusual activities – including zorbing on water.
Chief Guide Gill Slocombe, the lead volunteer for the organisation, gallantly climbed into one of the inflatable pods with Roughton teenager Chloe Lewis, as she met the guides and their leaders and enjoyed a tour of the activities.
Mrs Slocombe said: “It’s brilliant. I cannot get over the beautiful setting and wonderful combination of activities and so many happy faces. The girls are clearly having an absolute ball, there’s such a variety of things to do.
“It’s lovely to see them being girls and enjoying that time together.”
The camp began on Sunday, with a performance from Britain’s Got Talent finalist Sam Kelly, and continues until Saturday. It aims to give the girls a chance to try something they would not normally get to do in their weekly meetings, while making new friends and learning extra skills.
And while the girls have been having a go at activities such as canoeing, drumming, Egyptian dancing and archery, they have also enjoyed a mix of traditional exercises including cooking over a camp fire and craft workshops, where they have made bird cakes and foot scrubs.
Chloe, a member of first Suffield Park Guides, said Anglia 13 had been the best camp she had been on.
“There’s lots of activities and it’s been great meeting new guides because we don’t usually see other guides,” she added. The 14-year-old said she had also enjoyed sleeping under the stars and zorbing had been her favourite activity because “it’s exciting”.
As well as taking part in the various activities, the guides have also taken part in team building exercises, learnt about other cultures in the One World zone and been doing their bit to help others.
The girls have also been writing postcards with positive and supportive messages to young runaways, which will be sent to Railway Children– an international charity for street children – and form part of a display.
The camp will finish with a celebratory closing party that will also mark the 25th birthday of Hautbois being owned by Girlguiding Anglia.
Helen West, camp leader for Anglia 13, was delighted with how well it was going. She said: “It’s fantastic. Hautbois has just come alive and the girls are having a whale of a time... It’s been two years hard work for the planning team but it’s blowing all our minds how it’s all coming together.”
Miss West, who leads first Suffield Park and second Sheringham Guides, added: “We wanted them to have an adventure and do something they might not do normally in their every day guides. And those adventures can be something like water zorbing or something little like meeting a new friend.”