BROWNIES ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Trinidy, eight, and Corey, nine, from 24th Sheffield Brownies along with leader Emma Crowley.
Trinidy, eight, and Corey, nine, from 24th Sheffield Brownies along with leader Emma Crowley.

BROWNIES enjoyed the great outdoors at a weekend of fun activities in Sheffield.

Around 250 young girls attended Girlguiding North East England’s Adventure Allsorts event in Whiteley Wood.

Undeterred by the threat of bad weather, the Brownies, aged seven to nine, took part in three days of activities including climbing, canoeing, pioneering, football and circus skills.

More than 80 volunteer leaders and helpers organised the activities and prepared food for the campers.

Jill Heyes, from the Girl Guides, said:

“The weekend provided a wonderful opportunity for Brownies to meet girls of their own age, make new friends and take part in all sorts of activities – true to the name of the camp.”

She said the youngsters tried geocaching, willow weaving and environmental art.

“Many had never slept in a tent before but this was all part of the fun,” Jill added.

“By their own admission some of the girls were too excited to sleep but said it was dark, noisy and a lot of fun.”

One of the more amusing activities saw the girls making and launching rafts for teddy bears with sticks, elastic and string.

More daringly, they then took to the water themselves, attempting to paddle full-sized rafts and canoes.

Whiteley Wood is home to an outdoor activity centre with five campsites, two accommodation buildings catering for 55 and a large converted barn complete with an open fireplace.

For more information about Brownies or Girl Guides, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk or call 0800169590.