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95th anniversary camp diary

irl Guides having fun on the Jolly Roger.

Girl Guides having fun on the Jolly Roger.

Sunshine Greetings from our Brancker’s Campsite at Rockfield, St. Lucy — IC 2013 has begun!

We’re into Day 6 and the girls have bonded and are having fun in the sub-camps. From the start, creativity, history, fellowship and thanksgiving were the tenets interwoven into the eight day programme and wow- we were all excited and ready for whatever the Commandant and the activities team had in store for us.

DAY 1: It was arrivals, assignments to sub-camps and getting to know our tent mates before we got dressed and attended the opening of the camp site which was followed by a parade led by the Girl Guides Drum Corps to the official Opening Ceremony at Rockfield Community. It was quite an evening of dance, poetry, speeches and a roll call that engaged all the contingents.

DAY 2: The Camp headed to Speightstown, St. Peter for a leadership and development workshop with presentations on: The WAGGGS Global Action Theme and WAGGGS focus on Advocacy and the WAGGGS Leadership Development Programme.

This was followed by ‘The World We Want for the Girl Workshop’ where the girls designed placards expressing what kind of world they would like for all girls and what they would work towards. This compliments the transformation of the battered world, which was introduced at the Opening Ceremony, into the ‘healed world’ which will be unveiled at the Closing Ceremony. The placards were used in the march through Speightstown and our day ended with an open community movie night at the Rockfield Community Centre grounds.

DAY 3: It’s Saturday and time to look at our personal skills and an opportunity to expand and build new ones like communications, public speaking, leadership and team building. The special facilitators included Yolanda Howard, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Queen’s Guide, Petra Ramsay, Westside Toastmasters Club, Barbados’ Guide Advisor and 95th Anniversary Activities Co-ordinator Erika Watson and Nadia Skeete, Guide and Ranger Guider.

Our afternoon was devoted to fitness, fun games, line dancing and fun challenges. The afternoon was great fun especially for the visiting campers who were twinned with one of the Brownies participating in the 24 hour visit to Camp Branckers.

Night time was quite joyous as the country talent was on the menu and the presentations took the form of dance, song, multi media and spoken word. The visiting Brownies also did two presentations. It was colourful and enjoyable as the countries pulled out all the stops to highlight their countries. Certainly a night to remember!

DAY 4: On Sunday we had a truly inspirational ‘Guides Own’ where the campers and visiting Brownies shared their talent at worship. Our Brownies campsite joined us in worship and for breakfast before they ended their 24 hour Branckers tour.

It was then off to the Jolly Roger and cruising the beautiful seas of Barbados — music, food and sisterhood for an exhilarating four hours. Sorry you were not with us!

DAY 5: Its Monday and we headed off to Bridgetown! Sightseeing and shopping especially for the attractive duty free items. Phew…what a day!

DAY 6: Well we are off on an adventure. Choices…choices…choices! Cave hiking and touring, Segway touring and zip lining. I will have to share this experience and the picnic that followed next week. The pictures will tell the whole story.

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