Guides can make their Promise anywhere

Find out what PGL activities the 2nd Bingham Guides tried out. Leader Dee Smith tells all.

Our Guide unit only opened in Easter 2017. We took the Guides to Caythorpe Court in Lincolnshire. All of the girls had been to PGL before as Brownies so we challenged them to try out activities that they hadn’t done before!

We did so many activities

High ropes, aeroball, climbing, giant swing, archery, zip wire, challenge course, sensory trail. You name it – we did it! The giant swing was a firm favourite with the Guides, as was the zip wire.

We asked the girls what activities they wanted to do and made sure most of them were trying something new.

That’s the beauty of PGL. There’s so many things to choose from, you can always find something new. Most of the girls had never done aeroball or the challenge course.

Our unit is new so we discussed when and where the Guides wanted to make their Promise.

All those booked to go to PGL decided that’s where they wanted to make their Promise. Three Guides - and a leader Sonjay Barlow - made theirs dangling from a zip wire, two did it bouncing on a trampoline playing aeroball, one did it as she rang the bell at the top of the climbing wall and three made it on the giant swing - as they reached the top before pulling the release that sent them soaring. I know every one of them will remember it for a long time to come. I certainly will!

PGL organised all the activities

And they allowed enough flexibility to move things around so the Guides got some down time too!

We had planned to do the campfire and snapshot (where the girls had to find an area of the centre from a photographic clue and then answer questions when they found the site).

Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t kind and we ended up doing mini-Olympics with lots of fun crazy challenges and a shortened - but just as enjoyable - version of snapshot.

I would absolutely recommend other units to try out PGL activities

It’s a great opportunity to try something that stretches the girls, that helps them grow and develop, and also to bond as a team, either when doing the activities or socially, in the dorms or dining hall.

We had girls who were apprehensive about some of the activities but, with encouragement from the PGL instructors, every single one had a go. Even if they didn’t complete the course, or climb to the highest point, they still left with a sense of pride and achievement, and a determination to try again next time. As a leader, that’s heart-warming to see.

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Please note that activities are subject to availability however, PGL will do their best to make sure all groups have a fair and balanced programme. When booking send in your preference (with girls input) and they aim to provide these wherever they can.

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