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Melbourn Guides


The Guides’ summer term is my favourite: we can get outdoors and enjoy the lighter evenings. On one evening the girls did a ‘treasure hunt’ around the village, finding answers to questions which were either cryptic, observational, required some general knowledge, or simple calculations. Physical skills were tested on another evening, when we did the Agility badge. These included throwing and catching a ball, aerobic stamina with a skipping rope and a brisk walk around the recreation ground. By popular request we had a barbecue evening and in consideration for the local residents, took ourselves onto the Rec where we played rounders until the barbecues were ready. As ever, there wasn’t enough time, but we did get to eat mini beefburgers made from squashed meatballs, and of course, toasted marshmallows. The great British weather thwarted another outdoor themed evening based on wartime skills, so a game of tag was substituted with a game of bingo. However, the skills of first aid and making popcorn on a campfire went ahead as planned.


As usual the girls also spent time in their Go For It groups doing their chosen activities. Unsurprisingly they all chose to do some cooking. Other activities included fabric painting, mock camping and an Enterprise challenge of branding and making up a TV advert for a new shampoo/shower gel. The previous term’s enterprise groups also enjoyed their ‘treat’ of a manicure session with Bethan the beautician.


Our summer outing was to Peterborough Ice Rink where the girls enjoyed 90 minutes of skating in a private session with other local Brownies and Guides, and our two newest recruits made their Guide Promise.


Our four-night summer camp was a great success despite the inevitable downpours; the girls experienced abseiling, archery, carpet sledging, campfire cooking and singing. They also enjoyed spontaneous games of rounders, cards, and some splashing in deep muddy puddles!


We currently have a full unit and a waiting list and would welcome another adult leader. If you would like to know more about becoming a Guide or a leader, or if you have any skills or hobbies which you would like to share with us, please contact me on (01763) 261443 or email melbournguides@gmail.com.


Hilary Marsh 18


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