Macroom Guides go international
A group of Guides, Rangers and Leaders from Macroom, Boherbue and Schull, plus a Brownie, Beavers and Leader from Sheffield, represented the Irish Girl Guides at WS 2013, an international camp for Guides and Scout held in Ardingly, West Sussex, this summer.
For most of the group it was their first experience of an international event out of Ireland.
They camped with the 1st Findon Guides, with whom there has been a link for the past 20 years.
The theme of the camp was Ancient Civilizations and there was also sub-camp, the land of Xanadu, with all the necessary Mongol costumes, games, customs and a yurt for relaxation.
The opening ceremony was a blaze of colour and excitement as over 3,000 young and not so young gathered in 'Camelot' to be addressed by the special guests.
The whole week was action packed with fun, challenging, and daring activities including: The High Adventure Zone which included the cave bus, leap of faith, abseiling, crate stacking, rock climbing and much more - mountain boarding, kayaking, orienteering, rifle shooting, dance, land orbs, parascending, hiking, many awesome crafts, the World Zone and many more fantastic activities.
And there was plenty of entertainment to be found in Camelot every night.
On the international night, the Irish food was a huge hit, where they had everything from brown bread, West Cork cheese to bulls' eyes, and there was even a cup of Barry's on offer to all and sundry.
For the international performance the Irish guides had a little bit of everything, Irish dancing, poetry, the tin whistle, a display of GAA football, and they even managed to teach the Findon Guides to dance The Siege of Ennis, which they performed for the finale.
The performance was met with ear-splitting applause.
A day trip to London to see the sights was the guides' final destination before heading back to Ireland.