27 July 2010 - Senior Section Ultimate Adventures
As teenagers across the UK prepare for a summer of relaxation
following a year of exam stress, thousands of Girlguiding members
are challenging themselves to the limit at home and abroad, taking
part in a host of adventurous trips.
Thousands of Girlguiding members will this summer test
themselves like never before on one of many adventurous activities
set up to celebrate Girlguiding’s Centenary right across the globe.
Today (27 July) saw two of those adventures kick-off in spectacular
Around 300 young women started the Centenary Stampede – an event
which sees members trek across Europe choosing a route of their
choice – beginning their adventure at the British Embassy in
After meeting the British Ambassador, the young members broke
off in to pre-arranged groups and set-off in different directions
They will return to Birmingham in two weeks' time having
completed a number of set challenges en route.
Meanwhile, around 30 Girlguiding members are all set to find
their sea-legs when they set sail on the latest leg of the Ultimate
Tall Ship Adventure – a 100-day voyage around Britain involving 10
different crews on 10 different legs on board the Jubilee Sailing
Trust’s Lord Nelson ship.
Their departure from London kicks-off the sixth leg of the
adventure with the ship having already visited the ports of
Glasgow, Oban, Aberdeen, Newcastle and Boston since the voyage
began at the start of last month.
In total, just under 400 Girlguiding members will get the chance
to sail on the Lord Nelson – one of just two ships in the world
specially-built to accommodate participants of all physical
abilities, allowing them to play a full part in a voyage.
Young women from right across the UK will be jetting off around
the globe with members heading as far a field as Botswana,
Uzbekistan and Mexico with many more signing up to have fun at
Adventures that have already taken place during the Centenary
year include trips as far a field as the Falkland Islands, Botswana
and even the Arctic.
Liz Burnley, Girlguiding Chief Guide, said: “A huge part of
being involved in guiding is the chance for our girls and young
women to have a go at something exciting alongside a group of
“Both the Centenary Stampede and the continuing Ultimate Tall
Ship Adventure sums up what Girlguiding’s Centenary celebrations
have been all about – a huge adventure for us all and one which we
will never forget.”