Back in October, I helped to run the Growing Up Wild event for Girlguiding in Surrey. I haven’t had a chance to blog for a while but wanted to write about it as it was an awesome day. It was a day event held at Norbury Park, in partnership with Girlguiding and Surrey Wildlife Trust. Over 500 Rainbows, Brownies and Guides attended, along with their leaders and volunteers, totaling over 700 people. Also in attendance was the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Mr Michael More-Molyneux and the High Sheriff of Surrey Richard Whittington.
Activities ranged from making mud pies and building wigwams, to identifying mini-beasts, to lighting fires with flint and steel, over which the girls toasted marshmallows.
Some activities were Section-specific: While Rainbows were identifying leaves and plants, Brownies made bushcraft in the form of willow-weaving and making stick men, and the Guides got stuck in with conservation work in the woodland; cutting down immature trees to encourage growth and also to build a natural fence.
There were lots of happy faces and many positive comments on the day and after the event. It was a first for a Growing Up Wild event of this scale, and the planning team are very much hoping to hold a similar event in the future.
I was part of the planning team for the whole event, not just on the day, and it is definitely something I would do again. I learnt a lot, and it was great fun to design the badge!