Monday, 3 May 2010

Brownie camp

We took part in a division camp this weekend - more than 200 Brownies and Guides camping for two nights plus I think around another 100, 125 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides visiting for the day.

We were in sub-camps, there were 38 Brownies and Guides, and 10 adults in our sub-camp.

We had sun, drizzle, lashing rain, thunder, lightening, wind - pretty much par for the course! So far I have camped 3 times, 2 nights each; the first camp was sunshine so hot we had to pull our cars alongside our tents so we could sit in the shade, the second was lashing rain and close to abandonment, so at least I had already seen the extremes!

Surprisingly, nearly all my Brownies got very tearful during the weekend and wanted their mums. Many of these were girls who had been away plenty of times with me before, both under canvas and to London, a big thing for them! I think it was the proximity to home, they knew their mums were less than two miles away and that made the parting harder than if we were two hours away by train.

Still, it was a good weekend and I'd do it again. (What IS wrong with me?) Though I'd never been happier to have a hot bath then a dinner put in front of me when I got home!


Kelloggsville said...

It's amazing that no matter how hard it is, you still want to do it again - they must put something in the tea!!!!

Strange to get home sickies, I think the girls are all a bit whoosie at the minute - I blame the over protective parents (NB mine is the worst!!!)

K xx

Anonymous said...

Well done you.

My eldest Dd was at a 100 camp this weekend and had a fantastic time, rain, hail, wind, you name it they had it - even managed to get red cheeks but I think that was the wind not the sun.

It was a District camp with Guides and half the Brownies camping, younger Brownies in the building and Rainbows for the day.

Cup half empty - other dd does not start Rainbows until this week and so missed out. Cup half full- other dd starts Rainbows this week; Great joy, she is soooo excited.


Tawny said...

Sounds great fun, I am camping with my Guides in a couple of weeks and I know I will be knackered but it will be great fun!

TopChamp said...

What did you do with the homesick ones? How did you distract them?

Jen said...

Topchamp: it varied, with each girl. One did go home, she was in floods of tears, inconsolable, and setting off all the others. One spoke to her mum on my phone, who persuaded her to stay, she was just getting caught up in the first girl's upset, I think. Another cries every time we go away but never wants to actually go so we reminded her of that (my own daughter cries every time through exhaustion so I can relate). Another's mum is a friend of mine so me and the brownie pretended I was her mum, when even that was too much weren't and found my daughter with the guides, as she is best friends with the brownie's big brother. We asked her what he would say to cheer up the brownie, she said something about mario kart on the wii and that helped! The others just needed a quick cuddle (always in view of other adults) and they were fine. So, different tactics for each girl!

TopChamp said...

Ah. I get that catching crying thing.

First camping in tents trip coming up next month... test camp again. Less nervous this time.

One of these days I'll get to go on a pack hol with my license WITHOUT someone checking us. I think that'd be really nice.

Kelloggsville said...

I'm taking a group of brownies under canvas next year. Bit nervous about it.

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