You may know I’m a Guide & Ranger leader. You may not know I’m a member of the Trefoil Guild. That’s “Guiding for Adults”, although I usually describe it as “Brownies for grown-ups”. The Trefoil have meetings, do what they like and have no unit leader responsibilities. All the fun, none of the hassle. However,… More I finished my Bronze Voyage Award!
There we are in the blistering heat, a marquee up behind us. It’s taken us three or four attempts to figure out what shape the frame should be but it’s up. There’s me, most experienced camper of the lot and severely emetophobic First Aider. There’s Pixie, inexperienced camper doing her assessed camp for her camp… More Alice in Wonderland camp
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
For the last three years in a row, I’ve camped in Iceland. It can be a joy – but equally, sleeping several nights in a one-man tent can be a less-than-joyful experience. The thing about camping in Iceland in summer is that it’s pretty light all night long. Whether that’s a good thing or a… More Summer camping in Iceland
I got home from Edinburgh, having travelled by overnight train, at 10am last Friday. Before 2pm, I was out again, on my way to Wellies & Wristbands. This was by far the biggest event I’ve ever been to – probably the biggest event anyone in my district has been to. I heard there were 2700… More Wellies & Wristbands 2015
Before I tell you about camping in Iceland, let’s have a quick recap of Ranger camp the weekend before. We camped on Brownsea Island, which is idyllic but labour intensive. Thirty-five people require a lot of stuff. Every girl had a massive bag and a bedding roll, plus we had eleven tents, crates of food… More Ranger Camp 2015
The bedding roll is the most fearsome beastie Guide camp has to offer, partly, I suspect, because Guides leave it up to their parents to do it for them. A bedding roll is simply your camp bedding rolled up into a waterproof bundle which is nice and easy to transport. It dates from the days… More The Guide Camp Kit List part three: the bedding roll
I was poking around the internet in search of some more obscure items on a Guide camp packing list when I stumbled on the question “what actually happens on Guide camp?” It’s something I know very well but parents don’t necessarily and people with no connection to the movement certainly don’t. This about what we do… More What happens on Guide camp?
A camp blanket is simply a blanket you use at camp. You wear them around the campfire, sometimes for sitting around the site in the evening and if it’s not soaked by then, in the conventional way on your bed. What kind of blanket does it need to be? Any! There are absolutely no rules… More The Guide Camp Kit List part two: camp blankets
If you’re a Brownie or Guide or Senior Section member – or the parent/guardian/keeper of a Brownie, Guide or Senior Section member – going on camp for the first time, this is the first in a series of posts on the subject of the kit you’ll need. First up, the “plate bag”. There are assorted… More The Guide Camp Kit List part one: the plate bag