A few weeks ago, I visited another Brownie pack holiday to assess a leader for her Going Away With… qualification. I was interested to see the venue, as it was a place I’d heard of but never seen, a Girlguiding property just outside the county.
I must admit, I had mixed feelings about it. The house itself was cosy, a bit old-fashioned but very comfortable and full of guiding decor and nicknacks, with plenty of communal space and a good-sized kitchen. There was a grassy area outside with a campfire circle and space for running around or a few tents, and a track ran around the whole area, making a clear boundary.
However, I found getting to the house a bit spooky! Maybe it was just because it was getting dark at the time, but it was in the middle of remote-feeling woodland with public footpaths running through it, and the drive went past lots of run-down buildings. No obvious site warden…not sure I’d want to stay there except in high summer, but other leaders I’ve spoken to assure me that they’ve had perfectly good holidays there.
Anyway, this leader was doing a great job of running the holiday. It was jungle-themed, and all the girls, Young Leaders and leaders seemed to be having a fun and relaxed time.