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Sherborne guides rise to day of adventure challenges

By Western Gazette - Sherborne  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

  • CRATE EXPECTATIONS: Isabelle Vicary, 11, of the 1st Yetminster Girl Guides, and Molly James, 12, work together during the pack's challenge adventure day. Right, Molly tries her hand at rifle shooting.

  • STEADY HAND: Emily Hoskins, 14, of 1st Yetminster Guides, practises her aim at the challenge day in Wareham.

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SHERBORNE area Guides have taken part in a challenging day of adventure.

Youngsters from the 1st Yetminster Guides joined 300 fellow thrillseekers on a day full of challenges in Wareham.

It was a countywide event represented by 43 units from 14 divisions from GirlGuiding Dorset aged 11 to 14.

The teams had to choose four activities from a list of 16 which they had never tried or would like to try again.

The activities were designed to help them learn new skills and improve their confidence of outdoor tasks.

Meriel Dunham, county outdoor adviser for GirlGuiding, said: "The day has given them great opportunity to try new things, make new friends and gain self confidence."

Jumping off a 30 foot climbing wall, crawling through the Arrowhead Mine system and powering up the lake in a dragon boat were just some of the adventures they took part in at the county challenge event at the Buddens activity centre.

The team also learnt how to make a fire, keep warm and cook in the outdoors. This included making pancakes and doughnuts for their fellow team mates over an open flame.

Mrs Dunham said: "It is only the second challenge day we have run, designed to provide them with a taste of adventurous activities they wouldn't normally have ready access too."

While gathered beside the lake groups of girls learnt how to strike the water properly, using a paddle to propel or steer their kayak or canoe in the direction they wished to travel.

They then took to the water to build their confidence before practising and playing games.

A small team also assembled rafts, practising square lashings and making buoyancy aids secure on the water's edge, while other girls tested their archery and rifle shooting skills on the range.

The new sport of geo-caching kept roving groups moving as they followed GPS signals on a handheld device around the 95 acre site to find clues and treasures.

The day ended with a big barbecue and campfire sing-a-long as the day drew to a close with the sun setting behind them.

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