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