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South Woodham Ferrers Guides

We have three successful Guide units for girls aged 10-14. We follow a programme which includes outdoor activities such as camping and cooking over wood fires, as well as crafts, games, community support and challenges.  There are a range of themed activities called Go For Its that the girls use to plan their programme.    

2nd Guides

2nd Guides have been very busy this year, starting off with a Self Defence Course. The girls were guided through how to be safe on the internet, when walking home from school, when using telephones and emails and what to do if you find yourself in a scary situation. There were two instructors over the period of six weeks and every week the girls improved and developed their skills from week one. At the end of the course, all of the girls knew six different personal safety movements as well as how to keep themselves safe on a day to day basis.

In December some of the girls attended a special Christmas Camp. They had Christmas dinner, party games, Christmas films and Christmas Crafts. Sunday morning was especially special when the girls treated the leaders to an impromptu medley of songs from musicals that they love. The leaders and girls got fully involved!

Moving into the New Year the girls got to work on their Go For It’s and each patrol focused on a different badge. We had five patrol groups, working on Glamorama, Lights Camera Action, Globalistic, Camp Out and Party Planner. All the girls put in a lot of work on their independent projects. After two week the girls brought their work together and presented it to the group.

Finally in the summer term the girls practiced their cooking and fire lighting skills, they cooked a two course dinner as well as learnt how to correctly build a fire that is safe to cook on! To finish off the girls took part in a walk round the river, with a quick stop at the Chip Shop!

3rd Guides

3rd South Woodham Ferrers Guides have had another very good year.  We were pleased to welcome 7 new girls during the year. We began last September by introducing mindfulness activities to our unit meetings.

 In January we worked for our World Traveller Badge which included a skype call to one of our leaders in Australia and then the girls had fun with Easter crafts and a trip to BaseJump in Rayleigh.

In the summer term we embarked on the survival badge which involved cooking on wood fires without utensils, learning how to use a compass, painting huge weather posters and deciding what to pack in a rucksack. At the end of June we had a sleepover where the girls built shelters in the grounds of the Lodge and then spent the night in them. This was also a fundraising event where we raised £50 for the Save the Children Fund ‘Build a Den’ day. On our last evening of term, we went to Hanningfield Reservoir for a bushcraft session which the girls enjoyed.

In August 4 girls and 2 leaders from our unit went on an international trip to Adelboden in Switzerland with girls from 2nd and 4th Guides, SWF Rangers and Wickford Athena Rangers.

 4th Guides

In the Autumn term we did the Cookie Challenge, complete the Senior Section Spectacular Challenge, celebrated Diwali and had a joint Christmas crafts evening with 2nd and 3rd Guides.

Some of our girls doing the Baden-Powel Challenge organised a co-operative games evening and mini-Olympics in the Spring term.  The [karate club] ran a personal safety course and completed the personal safety badge.  One of our Guide's grandmother was Mayor of Chelmsford during 2016/17 so we caught the bus into Chelmsford and visited her and the Deputy Mayor in their chambers at the Civic Centre.

The summer term involved outdoor cooking activities, a viral attack game, I will survive GFI and we took part in the Wear Dots, Raise Lots activity to raise money for RNIB.  We raised

Julia successfully did her indoor holiday licence at Creekview Lodge in the Spring and Zoe (an ex-Guide currently at university) did her camp licence at Chigwell Row over the summer holidays.  We have also participated in various district events over the year.

Thanks as ever to all the leaders and good luck to Elisha our Young Leader who has now gone to university.


What are Guides?

Guides are for girls aged 10 to 16 although they can join the Senior Section and become Rangers or Young Leaders when they are 14 years old.

Guides work in patrols of 4-8 girls, elect their own leader and plan activities with the help of their Guiders. New Guide wear was introduced recently which is much more practical for today's young women.

Guides enjoy challenges, making things, outdoor activities, camping, community service. There are lots of activities they can undertake from the range of Go For Its. A favourite activity is usually outdoor cooking on wood fires and of course camping.

For more information about Guides, visit the Girlguiding website.