Friday, 24 June 2011

Weekend away

Envious though I am of Kelloggsville's recent weekend in London with her Brownies, and fondly remembering the great weekend we had doing similar activities just 15 months ago, our Brownies have just had their turn to go away and we had a fabulous time at Blackwell Court near Birmingham.

Us leaders went over on the Friday night and had a takeaway, then were up in plenty of time to set up and be ready for the girls arriving on Saturday morning. Normally we race to where we are going, set up about an hour before the girls should arrive but inevitably someone arrives early etc. This time we were completely on top of things, plus it was really nice for us to hang out and spend a bit of time together without chasing after Brownies as we usually are.

So then the girls came and the weekend included:
  • zipwire
  • grass sleds
  • orienteering
  • nightline
  • swimming
  • loads of yummy foods
  • crafts
We had 17 Brownies, divided up into 3 rooms, 2 of 6 and one of 5. Then during the day, they were divided up into 2 groups of 10, including the 2 Guides and 1 Young Leader, for the activities.

We had no homesickness - I stand by my theory that all the homesickness we had last year at camp was because we were so close to home - and no bad behaviour despite having a couple of our more challenging girls away with us. They even went to sleep quite quickly after all that fresh air and exercise, though they were awake early too, but you can't have everything.

I definitely recommend Blackwell, although we had a few glitches along the way they always worked to help us and resolved all that they could.

Maybe the tented village next year???


Kelloggsville said...

Ohhh another mention :)

I was reading about tented village at Waddow and thought 'fancy a bit of that'. You are a leader of the pack, I wonder if we will follow suit with this one? Hope so because I loved PGL.

Jen said...

Not that much of a leader, I've never done a PGL!

TopChamp said...

How did you get the kids there? I have never done PGL either, jen. Don't know if we will.... while I like the idea of being adventurous I also like that the kids seem very happy with the local campsite - which is beautiful of course so we are very lucky to have it.

Anonymous said...

Sounds great. Well done you.


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