On the last sunny weekend in June, Llanyrafon Brownies, Guides and Senior Section headed off for a jam-packed adventure weekend at Foxlease.
The first days’ activities for the Brownies included Archery and the Crate Challenge and for the Guides and Senior Section the Crate Challenge and Geocaching.
Fun was had by all when it came to the Crate Challenge, as all of the girls from each section managed to build their crates to the maximum height. Some fears were conquered whilst completing this activity and a lot of encouragement and support was given to those who were a little nervous too.
The second day’s activities for the Brownies were Orienteering and Low Ropes. Both of these activities promoted teamwork from all of the girls. The low ropes tested their coordination, balance and communication as each team navigated the way around wires, beams and other obstacles until the course was completed. Orienteering gave them the chance to wander through scenic woodlands whilst using a map to navigate their way around a nature trail.
For the Guides and Senior Section it was High Ropes and Raft Building. The High Ropes challenged the upper body strength and phobias of the girls. Teamwork was essential for this activity as the girls needed to hold the entire weight of the climber through the belaying method. Raft Building was the most popular of the activities for the Guides and Senior Section as they were taught how to build their own raft from wood, plastic barrels and rope. They then got to test the raft out on the lake to see if their construction skills were good enough to stay afloat.
After two full days of activities, it was time to go home. Various skills were gained, fears were conquered and friendships blossomed. All the girls had a brilliant time and said that they would love to something like this again.
Find out more about Foxlease – the Girlguiding centre in the New Forest at