You pick up a lot of skills as a Guide leader. Team work, leadership skills, First Aid, various outdoors abilities, admin, improvisation, children skills, public singing – and event planning. I was involved in my biggest event yet last weekend. I’ve planned multiple district events for 50-100 people, some of them all on my own… More Behind the scenes at a national Brownie event
Last weekend was a busy one. I spent Friday at Teddy Rocks, a music festival that started life in 2011 as a one-off gig in a pub to raise money for children’s cancer and is now a three day event in a field, headlined by Twin Atlantic, Modestep and Scouting for Girls and this year… More Robin Hood camp
Friday night was not optimal tent-pitching weather but there we were – me, three Rangers and four Guides, up to our ankles in mud, in pouring rain, putting up our tents in the dark. We’d arrived at 6pm at Girlguiding’s latest event, Sparkle & Ice, a winter survival camp happening simultaneously at three Training &… More Sparkle & Ice: it turns out winter camp is cold
I have a somewhat ambivalent relationship with camping – when it’s good, it’s great but when it’s bad it’s awful. In two and a half weeks, I will be camping with eight assorted Rangers and Guides. Guide camp in February. So this post is a series of photos highlighting one of my good camping trips… More Photoset: the highs and lows of camping
This week, I took my Rangers ice skating. It’s one of the things Girlguiding should be about – oh, not necessarily taking them ice skating, but doing fun things, having new opportunities and trying new activities. We spend far too much time in the meeting room where the girls are more interested in Snapchatting each… More We went ice skating!
Back in August 2014, I went on an adults-only county Guide trip to Switzerland. A lot of international trips go to Switzerland because it’s where Our Chalet is, one of the four WAGGGS World Centres – more exciting than merely going to London but cheaper and easier than going to Mexico or India. We drove… More Switzerland 2014: Our Chalet
You’ll never guess what – I’m officially a certified Archery GB instructor. I did it through Girlguiding, who ran an adults-only camp at Foxlease, their Training and Activity Centre in the New Forest. It’s called Try, Inspire, Qualify and the idea is to try a selection of outdoors activities, be inspired by some workshops and… More Archery GB Instructor Award
I have never been to Alton Towers before and I probably never will. For a start, it’s a five hour drive from home. For another thing, I don’t do rides. We arrived at about 4.30pm on Saturday, which sounds a bit late to arrive at Alton Towers from the other end of the country but… More Senior Section Spectacular at Alton Towers
I’ve gained a couple of new badges for my camp blanket. First, there was this one: This one came in the post from Laura at Look Wider – You Could Miss Something, nearly two weeks ago and I haven’t had the time to even acknowledge that it’s arrived – it’s here and it’s on my… More Dartmoor: sun & rain
Three weeks ago, I finished my Adult Leadership Qualification for Guides – that is, three weeks ago as this is published. As I write it, it was last night. You might think it’s odd that I’ve been a Guide leader for nearly three years and yet only just qualified – we train on the job,… More I am a qualified Guide leader!