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Let’s Explore London!

In September 2018 members of 4th and 10th Kingswood Brownies headed to London to explore our capital city. First stop was Girlguiding HQ and ICANDO. We picked up the ICANDO trail and headed out to visit Buckingham Palace; Downing Street; Trafalgar Square and Westminster to name a few. Lunch followed in Westminster and then we headed onto the tube to Pax Lodge. At Pax Lodge we took part in the Pax Lodge challenge and got presented our very special Pax Lodge pins.

 There was a lot of walking but we all had a very special memorable day in London.

Bristol Monopoly Run 2018

12th May saw 300 guides, rangers, scouts and explorers take over Bristol City Centre taking part in the first Bristol Monopoly Run. Participants had 6 hours to visit as many of the locations on the specifically designed board – travelling only by foot or bus. It was fantastic to see so many young people having fun representing our organisations across the city.

A big thank you too all the fantastic volunteers who helped make the event possible. We look forward to returning in 2020.

To view more pictures from the day please visit our Facebook page here

 

4th Rangers head back to Evolution

In June 4th Kingswood Rangers returned to Cirencester Park for their 3rd Evolution. This year was the hottest yet and the girls once again had a fantastic weekend. The main event sees participants map reading across our 3000 acre play ground, finding different challenges along the way including Frisbee golf, inflatable’s, rifle shooting among many other things. Once again 4th rangers had another memorable weekend and cannot wait to return in 2019 for what aims to be the events biggest and best event yet!

 “It’s the best event in our ranger calendar!”

“I recommend all rangers give it a go!”

Don’t say the ‘M’ Word…

2 members of 4th Kingswood guides, along with their 2 guide leaders (Karen & Charli) as well as Vicki and Becky (They are back in those high vis on security again!) attended the Kernow Jamboree this summer.

This international jamboree is held every 4 years at Bodmin in Cornwall and is attended by thousands of guides, scouts, rangers and explorers. The week long camp saw the guides taking part in Kernopoly, Kernow’s very own Monopoly game;  a windy visit to the beach where they learned surfing and body boarding; creative zone, where they helped making the closing ceremony video; adventure zone, which was climbing and rifle shooting and the mud zone, which involved 4×4 driving…. although the whole camp was really a mud zone. Despite the rain (and boy, did it rain) and the torrential mud (yes, it ruined Vicki’s wellie boots!) everyone had a fantastic time (even Becky – despite getting locked in a portaloo!) and everyone was smiling throughout the event, it just goes to show the true guide and scout spirit, we are prepared for anything!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4th Kingswood Rangers Evolve again..

This July saw members of 4th Kingswood Rangers return to Evolution, the senior section and explorer camp in Cirencester. This year was the 2nd year the rangers returned to the event and thankfully the sun shone (last time they were faced with a thunderstorm with hailstones!) Taking on a navigation hike, working out the coordinates needed to get to the next base, where tasks were to be completed for the all important points. 2017’s trip to Evolution not only had the sun but also a new campsite, a closer route to the main event and more success for the unit, who managed to visit every base on the course and check back in within the time allowed. Friday and Saturday nights were spent in the disco and watching the various entertainment, oh and tormenting their leaders who spent the weekend on security!

4th Kingswood will be returning to Evolution next year and you can too. The dates are 29th June – 1st July 2018 and you can find out more information at https://s-e.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

Leaders in Division Receive Girl Guiding’s Highest Award

Two members of Kingswood North recently celebrated achieving the highest award in Girlguiding, the Queens Guide Award. Abi and Vicki worked hard, had fun and made many new friendships along the way. Both prepared and delivered the Science Zone for the Big Brownie Birthday, had an exploration on Brownsea, Vicki had driving lessons and Abi kayaking. Together they learnt BSL and developed a resource on Deaf Awareness, Abi also developed the Year of the Volunteer Challenge badge whilst Vicki was at the beginning of HOOTS. Just a few highlights. I am so proud of them both.

Debbie Bowden,

Kingswood North Division Commissioner.

 

Gert Lush Guild visit the Brewery

Some of our members had a “Boozy” tour of Bath Ales Brewery. We had a very interesting talk and tour of their site in Warmley learning all about turning malt, hops and water into their wonderful products. Plenty of samples too! We would highly recommend the evening, but don’t drive. Hic!!

4th & 10th Kingswood Brownies go chocolate mad at Cadbury World!

Back in May members of 4th and 10th Kingswood Brownies with their Leaders, a few Rainbows, a Guide, a couple of Scouts and some H-OOTS girls had a very chocolatey time in Birmingham. Fun was had by all, a great tour of the factory, playing in the park, watching Sooty’s Bake Off, the 4D Experience and lots of “free” Chocolate! Yum!

A fabulous day out with gorgeous weather and wonderful young members of Girlguiding doing us all proud.

 


Kingswood North Division Take Over Woodhouse Scout Centre.

 

On May 20th over 260 members of Kingswood North Division descended on Woodhouse Park for a day of Activities. Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, The Senior Section and their Leaders came together to share a day full of fun and friendship. Girls climbed, abseiled, had a go on go karts, archery, rifle shooting and got wet and muddy on the adventure course. Some of the Rainbows completed the low ropes course whilst Brownies and Guides competed at Hungry Hippos. Even the rain did not spoil our day but it was made all the better when the sun joined us. At the end of the day we all came together for a camp fire and some marvelous singing.

 

 

Leaders take on a Giant Game of Monopoly

Last weekend, 3 leaders from our division (and a Sea Scout) traveled up to London to take part in the annual London Monopoly Run. 9 hours to visit as many locations on the 2017 monopoly board as possible – easy, you’d think! Hopping on and off tubes to take selfies at famous locations including Kings Cross Station; Big Ben and the Science Museum to name but a few.  Visiting as many locations as you could, taking a selfie with the specified location and answering a question, including the ‘Bonus locations’ for more points – it really is a great way of seeing London in a day – visiting all the famous landmarks. Whilst competing in the run itself, each team are placed into a twitter league – which Norman’s Gnomes won for their league – the Horse. This was the second year that members of the 4th Kingswood Rangers leadership team have taken part in the event, and we are proud to announce we are getting better! This year we managed to score around 200 more points taking us into 7th place in our competition. Let’s hope next year’s event see’s us climbing higher on the leader board and hopefully see a few more guiding teams enter – the downside of being the only guiding team at this years event – you get called a scout wherever you go!!!