Posted by Sandra on August 31, 2014
In August, Guides and Senior Section from Falmouth travelled to Foxlease, the Girlguiding UK training centre in the New Forest, for a weekend camp called 'Wellies and Wristbands'. It was a festival style event with activities during the day and bands on stage in the evenings – including Loveable Rogues (as seen on Britain’s Got Talent).
One of the groups performing on stage, The Spitfire Sisters, ran a 1940s singing workshop, and everyone who went got a chance to perform on stage with them later that day. Two of the Guides took part and Dulcie volunteered to sing a solo!
The girls and Leaders all had the opportunity to try activities like high and low ropes, crate stacking, kayaking, raft building, a ladder/tree climbing challenge, archery and fencing. Other “drop-in” activities included inflatables and zorbing, nail art, henna, facepainting, crafts, belly dancing, crazy golf and aerial silks.
We teamed up with a Guide unit from Sussex West and they brought tents for us to use, which made our train journey much easier. The whole event was centrally catered so there wasn’t much for the Leaders to do other than get involved with the activities or attend the trainings and First Aid refresher course that were on offer.
The weather was fantastic until the last morning but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits – everyone loved a good bit of 'Singing in the Rain' while waiting for a bus to the train station!
"I loved Wellies and Wristbands! It was a great opportunity to make new friends and to learn new skills," said one Guide
"I thoroughly enjoyed myself, it was lovely to see the girls having so much fun. I was also very proud of them for being so responsible and independent. For me that is exactly what Wellies and Wristbands promotes; a festival atmosphere that gives the girls a chance to try something different and challenge themselves", commented a Leader