Girls from all over Cambridgeshire gathered on Saturday 7 September 2019 for Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East’s first large scale adventure activity day for Rainbows. Over 170 girls and 80 leaders converged on the Jarman Centre in Newmarket for The Rainbow Bear Trail.
The girls, aged 5-7, and their teddies enjoyed exciting adventures from the revamped guiding programme as they explored the outdoors.
Girls packed for expeditions in both sun and snow, learnt what can and can’t go through customs, cared for their feet after a long expedition, created faces out of mud on the trees, and made and lit their own little campfires. The day ended with everyone gathering round the campfire for a singsong.
One Rainbow, Henrietta, aged 6, said, “Making mud faces was the best thing because they were messy.” Kiera, 7, thought, “The best bit was starting the campfire. I’ve never done anything like before so it was really special to me.”
County Commissioner, Claire Course, said, “What a fabulous adventure day this has been for our county’s Rainbows! It’s fab to see them with smiles on their faces and great to see how the guiding experience offers so much to our youngest members.”
Adventures like this are just part of the range of activities open to girls and young women through Girlguiding, which gives them their own space to grow in confidence, raise their aspirations and have fun.