The leader of Aboyne Brownies recently attended the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau in the Bahamas.
The brownies had been chosen to carry in the 61 country names for the competing nations at the opening ceremony.
All 28 of us met at a youth hostel in Edinburgh at 9pm on the Friday night, we had to take all our tents and cooking equipment down on the coach with us! We arrived at the campsite at 5am on the Saturday morning, we were the first group to arrive on site.
Once setting up our camp we got to have a look around the site then we had the opening ceremony which was really good!
Each day we had 2 activity zones, one in the morning and one in the afternoon my favourite zones were Wet + Wild and Its A Knockout. After tea we were allowed to go out to the “village” the village had lots of different things such as a cinema, beach, soft rock cafe, video room and dance tent! During the week we had three fancy dress nights they were superheroes, neon/UV and dress to impress for dress to impress we all wore kilts, on that night me and another girl highland danced on the main stage!
Another highlight was swapping lots of badges with people from all over the world. Overall I really enjoyed my jamboree experience!
Anna from Coastal North District
I have recently returned from a trip to India with Girlguiding Scotland and it was certainly a once in a lifetime experience. I have had the opportunity to discover a brand new culture and a completely different way of life and for that I am very grateful.
We had 5 exciting days sightseeing where we did many things including a visit to the Taj Mahal, riding on every type of transport imaginable (including elephants!) and experiencing traditional Indian food and culture. We then travelled to Sangam, the Girlguiding world centre. While we were at Sangam we took part in lots of activities, had a chance to explore the city and even buy saris, the traditional dress of Indian women. We also prepared for our community action projects. I took part in a project in a school named “Bal Kalyan Sanstha” in the city of Pune. Pune has a population of 7 million people. Bal Kalyan Sanstha (BKS) is a school for visual, hearing impaired and mentally challenged children aged 6-18. We worked for 3 days at the school where we organised different activities for the children. We did a variety of activities in the gym with them including the use of parachutes which went down a treat with the mentally challenged children. We also did crafts including hand painting and making pipe cleaner headbands for the girls, I have never seen so many delighted children in one room!
I hope that I can use the skills and knowledge I learned at Sangam to inspire rainbows and brownies in my area to put themselves forward for an opportunity like this in the future and I feel very proud to have represented Girlguiding Scotland at Sangam.
In celebration of 100 years of Senior Section, 1st Banchory Senior Section embarked on their first international trip. 11 girls and 4 leaders travelled to Switzerland, staying in Adelboden.
We travelled up mountains in cable cars; came scootering down mountains; jumped off bridges; zipped across rivers; white water rafted; sedately travelled on Lake Thun by boat; walked for miles in glorious sunshine; always stunned by the most glorious scenery; and of course enjoyed Swiss chocolate, and visited the first Girlguiding World Centre, Our Chalet.
It was a great opportunity, and a fantastic experience.
On Sun 20 Aug 2016 guides & leaders from Kincardine & Deeside went to camp – Carnival 2016 had arrived.
The leaders ran a sub camp called
Carousel (sub camp entrance photo) and the girls were split between the other subcamps – Helter Skelter, Dodgems, Waltzers & Rib Tickler.
Over the week the girls took part in a variety of activities including the Mardi Gras Parade – spot our subcamp mardi gras “head”, an afternoon tea party and an “all the fun of the Fayre challenge”.