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COUNTY CAMP 2018 GLASTON-PEMBREY
Well, that’s it! We hope you had a blast at Glaston-
Pembrey 2018! From the glorious sunshine to torrential
rain; Live bands to the UV disco; Craft to Animals; we
hope you have done something new, met new friends and
still want to come back again sometime!
But first, some thank you’s. We’d like to give a huge shout out to all of your amazing Leaders for bringing you because without them, we couldn’t have put on this event for you. We’d also like to thank the amazing Service Team who have helped run sessions, put up tents, help with all the work behind the scenes and generally be awesome - Thanks gals! To all the Leaders and volunteers who’ve come to help to run activities for you; to the wonderful people from Mad Science; Into The Wild Animal Encounters and Megan Scott Dance – thanks for delivering brilliant sessions! The live bands, Fforest and Otherside said that you were the best audience they’d ever had and I’m sure you enjoyed rocking out to two amazing bands and to DJ Shaun for an epic UV Disco and Photo Booth.
Our biggest thanks go Phil and all the staff at Pembrey Motor Racing Circuit for kindly letting us camp at this amazing venue. We really appreciate it. Also a big thank you to our sponsors, Gravells Kidwelly and Burns Pet Nutrition.
Keep an eye out for our next big event in November – a huge County Fun Day with details to come very soon – watch this space! But for now, thank you for coming, and from everyone on the Events Team remember: Keep Calm, and ROCK ON!
Sarah, Daniel, Stephanie, Tammy and Emma –
Girlguiding Carmarthenshire Events Team

THE SENIOR SECTION AT BOUNCE BELOW

GIRLS and young women from Carmarthenshire are joining thousands of fellow Girlguiding members up and down the UK for a spectacular year of celebration to mark 100 years of Girlguiding's Senior Section.
The Llechwedd Slate Caverns' underground trampoline park was treated to a visit from members of the 2nd Tycroes Senior Section - Bethan Martin 15, Leah Pompa 21, Eleri Bowen 20, Stephanie Pompa 17, and Betsan Thomas 16, on November 19.
The young women climbed and jumped in the caves before completing the mannequin challenge. They braved the cold and damp of the caves to have a sleepover on the giant nets, and a hearty breakfast was provided the next morning to defrost the guides.
Girlguiding's Senior Section is open to all girls aged 14 to 25, offering a host of amazing opportunities to older girls in guiding – from international travel and outdoor adventure sports to peer mentoring, advocacy and leadership skills. Girls can be involved with Girlguiding in a flexible way, with each young woman choosing her own level of commitment.
Rebecca Ode, deputy Chief Commissioner for Girlguiding Cymru who organised the event said, "We knew our older girls and young women wanted a special event, something that hadn't been done before.
"In conjunction with Bounce Below we were able to offer a unique experience that challenged the girls. The sleepover was a first for both organisations, pushing all boundaries.
"The challenge of sleeping on the nets in the cold shouldn't be underestimated either! It's been a fantastic experience".

CAMP 24

On Friday 9th September over 40 Guides, Senior Section and leaders spent 24 hours surviving at Stradey woods. As well as surviving torrential wind and rain the girls had a great time learning how to light fires, cook on a camp fire, build shelters and basic knife skills. The camp was run by our very own Events Team who did a fantastic job keeping everyone safe in the bad weather.


PUSHING BOUNDARIES EXHIBITION
The Pushing Boundaries exhibition opened at The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth on 23rd April 2016.

The exhibition traces the history of Girlguiding Cymru from its establishment in 1910 to the present day. Using photographs and original items from the Girlguiding Cymru archive as well as the Library’s collections we will look at how the movement has pushed the boundaries and impacted on the lives of girls over the years.

Linda Tomos, National Librarian, The National Library of Wales said: “This is a fascinating exhibition which explores how Girlguiding has influenced perceptions about what girls and young women are capable of achieving. I am delighted that the partnership with Girlguiding Cymru and the People’s Collection Wales had suceeded in raising awareness of the work of this wonderful organisation.”

Viv Craig, Girlguiding Cymru added:“Girlguiding Cymru is extremely excited about the forthcoming exhibition ‘Pushing Boundaries’, to be held in The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. It is the culmination of two years of work in partnership with the Library.  Girlguiding has benefitted enormously from the expertise and knowledge that the Library has shared with them, from developing and digitising its archive, sharing the details on the Peoples Collection Wales, to gaining national qualifications through the learning and intergenerational work that has taken place.  Great relationships have been formed throughout this partnership which Girlguiding hopes will continue and flourish well into the next decade.  As a result of all this work, Leaders have come to appreciate the value of Libraries – Girlguiding couldn’t have done this work without the Library’s support.”

Recognition of this partnership has been acknowledged by the Heritage Lottery Fund enabling Girlguiding to continue working with the Library to develop current technology using iBeacons and apps to promote the ‘Young Roots’ heritage in Guiding in Wales.In the show you will get a chance to see:
  • uniforms when the organisation first began   
  • The rugby ball that was transported around each of the Girlguiding Counties before the start of last year’s world cup   
  • The plane pull which raised money for the air ambulance   
  • How girls of today ‘push boundaries’    
  • The tapestry depicting Girlguiding through the years, made by the Welsh Trefoil Guild 

https://www.peoplescollection.wales/node/510442

CARMARTHENSHIRE GUIDES ON THEIR MARKS FOR A WONDERFUL WEEKEND
Saturday 18 June saw over 1500 girls and young women from around Wales and beyond gather at The Royal Welsh Showground for a weekend of fun and adventure, Over 80 girls  and leaders from Carmarthenshire were lucky enough to be amongst them.

Welsh Guides and members of The Senior Section were out in force at the Royal Welsh Showground for the biggest Girlguiding camp of 2016 in Wales, WOW Camp. The theme for the weekend was ‘on your marks’ and the girls enjoyed an array of activities including hockey, fencing, golf and cycling.

The girls also had the opportunity to select their activities for themselves from a fantastic selection including spider mountain, a Ferrari experience, circus skills, zorbing, bungee trampoline, zip wire and caving and much more besides, there was something for everyone.

"WOW 2016 was an amazing experience, i had lots of fun and the opportunity to try spider mountain, body zorbing and handle exotic animals." Kira Gallanders, 13, 2nd Tycroes Guides

Young women involved with the WOW camp at the Royal Welsh Showground are all members of Guides, aged 10-14, and The Senior Section, Girlguiding’s groups for young women aged 14-25.
Pembrey Brownie Receives Chief Commissioners Award Just back from a lovely evening in Pembrey presenting Brownie Maddison Evans with her Chief Commissioner Award. A remarkable young girl who put her 1st aid skills, learned at Brownies into use, remained calm and sensible in a scary situation and saved her mums life! When Maddisons mum who is diabetic couldn't be roused, Maddison dialed 999 and raised the ambulance service and police, alerted her great grandparents when she could not contact her grandparents, administered the emergency medication her mum needed, dressed and fed her younger brother and then calmly waited for the emergency services to arrive.She let them in and conversed with the paramedics and the police until an adult arrived to take care of both children. I am so proud she is a Carmarthenshire Brownie. It was lovey to meet Maddison and her mum,grandparents, and great grandparents tonight. Brandie Thornton-Lane you must be one proud Brown Owl. Joanna Gallanders

Chill Fest 2016

Girlguiding Cymru members from across Wales came together this weekend for a special winter festival for girls and young women.

The girls enjoyed an action-packed weekend at ‘Chill Fest’ - featuring live music, water zorbing and caving!
The event is one of a host of girl-led celebrations this year to mark 100 years of The Senior Section – Girlguiding’s section for girls aged 14 to 25.

The chilly camp, which took place at Girlguiding Cymru’s headquarters at Broneirion from 22 to 24 January, gave over 100 girls a chance to test their skills by braving the cold winter weather. There were loads of challenging activities to choose from including climbing, zumba, geocaching, self defence and pyrography followed by a disco to keep them warm!

Members of The Senior Section were challenged to bouldering, zip wire, archery, giant inflatables and cycling, with karaoke and a bit of pampering on offer too!

Chief Commissioner, Lesley Mathews said: “From the relaxation corner to caving, Chill Fest has given all the girls and young women here the chance to try something new and make great friends. It’s been fantastic to see so many girls and young women from across the whole of Wales. I can’t thank the volunteers enough for putting on such a thrilling weekend.”