31 July 2010 - Girlguiding Summer Centenary Celebrations begin at Harewood House

Thousands of Guides from the around the world are sharing the ultimate camping adventure - the Girlguiding Centenary Camp. 

Hosted on a site the size of 75 football pitches, the Centenary Camp offers a real ‘once in a lifetime’ experience for girls aged 10-14 from the UK and all across the globe.

With a total of 5000 girls and adults on site, including 800 visitors from Guide and Girl Scout groups from 40 different countries, this will be a truly international, 21st century camp. It’s one of several national events being held to mark 100 years of guiding and is supported by Welcome to Yorkshire, the county’s official tourism agency.

Highlights of this action-packed week include:

  • a spectacular Opening Ceremony at 11am on Sunday 1 August on which we’ll also be celebrating Yorkshire Day
  • hundreds of different activities, including an  outdoor camp spa, a giant sledging zone on eight tons of imported snow and around 50 different sports
  • high adrenaline, adventurous activities, such as caving, mountain boarding and rock climbing
  • a visit from members of the England Women’s Cricket team who’ll be sharing their skills in a cricket master-class on Monday, 2 August

And on Wednesday, 4 August, a further 15,000 girls and adults will arrive at Harewood House for Fusion – A Spectacular Way to Celebrate.  The largest event Girlguiding has ever organised, it’s a massive performing arts festival with 1000 street theatre artists,  20 performance areas  and workshops in art, dance, music and song.

The week of celebrations will also coincide with the publication of Girlguiding’s Guide to 15 Things To Do Before You Are 15.

Guiding has had a positive impact on girls' lives for the past 100 years.