County training weekend

Late September saw Girlguiding Gwent moving up to Broneirion, mid Wales, for the annual leader training weekend. The theme of the weekend was ‘shaken not stirred’ and we truly were! Science activities, using digital media and social media, the outdoors, games, crafts and outdoor cooking were all on offer. On Saturday afternoon the leaders had a wide variety of activities to choose from including archery, zorbing, a local walk, outdoor cooking, geocaching, orienteering, a walk with a difference. Something for everyone. Later  we enjoyed a very sociable evening meal took part in a James Bond quiz, singing, and a night time game.

Great fun was had by all, brains came away packed with new ideas for units and experiences were shared.  In 2015  the weekend is in June – so watch out for booking information early in the New Year!

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Zorbing was something not available to most leaders when they were growing up and it proved a very popular activity. After all, you need to know about these things to offer the girls….!

Craft ideas are always welcome and provide some gentle light relief and the chance to catch up with old friends. What concentration!

Midnight Manoeuvres

Well, what a night we had! After torrential hail, thunder and lightening strike very close by and no electricity for quite some time, the weather cleared, Western Power worked very quickly to restore power and excited girls started to arrive on site. The field was transformed with a multi coloured array of tents and shelters. In true guiding style, the camp fire was lit and the girls enjoyed a late tea before leaders were dispatched into the woods to man the bases and check points en route.

dinner before the off!

Teams of between 4 and 7 girls were sent out at 5 minute intervals to enjoy the experience of walking in the dark and tackling a variety of challenges on the way. Some set off with trepidation, some grasping each other in case they got lost, some squeaking in mock fear and old hands with great confidence. All returned with tales of their journey, glad of the hot soup and hot dog to warm them up before bed.

After a very late night, morning arrived far too soon for most girls and leaders. However, laying under a shelter, in a cosy bivvy bag, watching the sky develop a rosy hue and the mist rising from the field, was an experience not to be missed.

Thanks to all those who helped make this event such a success and the girls are looking forward to next year all ready!

morning after