Sparkle and Ice Camp
ADVENTUROUS GUIDES AND MEMBERS OF THE SENIOR SECTION BRAVED THE COLD AT SPARKLE AND ICE CAMP
Members of 5th Banbury URC Guides, 3rd Headington Guides, Headington Senior Section and North Oxford and Marston Senior Section braved the cold to sleep under canvas at Girlguiding’s extreme winter camp.
The members of Girlguiding Oxfordshire joined hundreds of other girls at Sparkle and Ice, a weekend event held at Girlguiding’s activity centre Foxlease near Lyndhurst in the New Forest on 2nd-4th February.
After pitching their tents, the group kept warm by making the most of the activities on offer from going on a zip wire to testing their survival skills by making shelters and building fires. And at night, had the choice of ditching their welly boots for dancing shoes to enjoy the onsite disco or enjoy a hot chocolate whilst stargazing before layering up to endure plunging temperatures to take on the challenge of winter camping.
They survived the cold by wearing loads of layers and putting hot water bottles in their sleeping bags. Girlguiding is all about trying new things and this was the first time some of them had camped out in winter.
One Guide from 5th Banbury URC Guides said ‘I loved it, I got to have a go at everything I wanted to and I was so busy I didn’t get a chance to miss everyone at home! The zip wire was amazing and I wanted to go on it again and again! Even the cold didn’t put me off!’
This is the second time Sparkle and Ice has been held following last year’s successful launch. A thousand girls and young women joined the three camps which happened simultaneously across Girlguiding’s activity centres in Lancashire, Hampshire and Sussex. The event was supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.