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INTERNATIONAL CAMP FOR ISLAND GUIDES

ventnorguideswingsMembers and leaders from Island Guide Units attended an International Camp in Berkshire during the school summer holiday.

Entitled ‘Wings’ and held at Windsor Great Park, the camp saw Guides from around the world undertaking special activities as well as learning camping skills.

Before their trip all the Guides were expected to fundraise so that they could attend this special event and to this end Ventnor Guides undertook various fundraising events including a successful bag packing session at Sainsbury’s, Newport whilst the Guides from Carisbrooke undertook various craft making sessions before selling their goods at Riverfest at Newport Quay, as well as a coffee morning/ sale at Carisbrooke and at other local events.

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At ‘Wings’ there were opportunities to take part in numerous programme zones, including age specific programme zones and evening programmes across three dedicated venues with something to cater for everyone.

There was also the chance to socialise with Guides from all over the World in the unique “Squircle” central space which included an international showcase, shops, food, cinema, stages and a radio station. Camping was in 5 amazing sub camps with up to 6,000 participants and Unit Leaders.

UK Units were partnered with an International Unit before, during and after the event with the aim to grow international relations, provide programme opportunities and build international friendships.

Julie Hudleston, Ventnor Guide Leader said:

“The camp was absolutely brilliant. The girls really did have a good time and enjoyed the massive variety of activities. None of the girls had to pay a thing as we covered every cost with donations and fundraising”.

A number of Guides added their comments…

Sydney:

“My favourite part about Wings 2014 was trying lots of new activities such as abseiling, high ropes and making friendship necklaces”.

Tasha:

“I had an amazing time and have made lifelong friends who I have already made plans to visit soon”.

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