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Female troopers pitch tents in preparation for earning Girl Guides Camping Badges

by: Mia Whylly, News Reporter - Published Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Girl Guides’ month is underway and the four Freeport troops started the month with a day camp on Saturday at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex, to prepare the local guides for a weekend camp and to obtain their camping badge.

 

The GB Sports Complex was the scene of pitching and striking tents, young girls working in groups to secure firewood, making a fire, cooking on the fire and enjoying craft activities while meeting new friends.

 

Suelyn McCrae, Captain of the 4th Freeport Girl Guide troop and one of the trainers at Saturday’s day camp confirmed 40 young girls ages 10 to 15 attended. 

 

“With 40 little girls you expect some drama but there was none. They got on extremely well with each other and worked very well together,” McCrae said.

 

The camp trainer furthered that the one-day camp was a preparation and test for the girls prior to the weekend camp in March that those who qualify will attend.

 

“We are preparing them for the weekend camp and if successful, that weekend they achieve their Girl Guides badge for that particular skill,” McCrae added.

 

With girls from 10 to 12 different schools, McCrae said she was thrilled to see the Guides have the opportunity to work with those from other troops. There were four different troops at the day camp, McCrae noted, 4th, 8th, 9th and 17th Freeport troops were present.

 

The local Girl Guides’ Captain explained that this month is recognized worldwide as Girl Guides’ Month as February is the month their founder Lord Baden-Powell and his wife were born. 

 

McCrae shared that the Grand Bahama troops would celebrate World Thinking Day with 10 million other Girl Guides on February 22.

 

Megan McCrae of the 4th Freeport Girl Guides said that she started off as a Sunflower, went on to Brownies and is now in Girl Guides. 

 

“I think every girl should join Guides as it gives you a chance to meet, interact, and work with girls from other schools. In Guides you are also able to interact with other Guides from around the world at International camps,” the younger McCrae shared.

 

“Today (Saturday) we were shown all of the skills needed to survive, we were split into patrols and I was the Sixer (leader) of my patrol. There were girls from different schools on Grand Bahama and we had to work together all day,” she explained.

 

Danielle Mitchell of Freeport’s 17th Girl Guides troop also attended the day training camp and acknowledged having a very enjoyable experience. “I initially joined Guides, because a friend told me it was a lot of fun and they have camps,” Mitchell said.

 

The enthusiastic participant shared that they learned how to pitch a tent, collect logs for a fire they built and lit as a group, cooked on the fire, roasted marshmallows and hotdogs and bonded with new friends. “You never know when you will need survival skills – luckily we have learned that this weekend,” Mitchell noted.

 

Mitchell stated that the best part of Guides is that you are trained to be neat, clean and respectful, and can work towards achieving badges in a number of different skills.

 

Published  Tuesday, February 14, 2017 

 

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