BP Adventure to Bruges
Over twenty Guides from across the North East completed their Baden-Powell Challenge Award with a trip to Bruges.
The adventure started when the girls met for the first time at the ferry terminal in Hull. Before even setting foot on the boat, the girls were partaking in getting to know you games and meeting their new cabin mates and volunteer leaders.
During the sailing to Bruges the girls did further team building activities, made badges using a dry felting technique and worked on creating posters about what they had done in their own Baden Powell Challenge before settling down for the night.
The next morning the boat docked, we all caught the coach to medieval Bruges and a walk through the city took us to the Choco Story Museum where the girls visited the Museum to learn about chocolate history before taking part in a special chocolate workshop lead by Master Chocolatier Reuben. During the workshop the girls made their own chocolate plaques featuring the Choco Story logo and a selection of decorated chocolate buttons, all of which were taken home as presents. After the trip to Choco Story, the girls had some free time to get their lunch and explore the atmospheric city in small groups. As we were blessed with a glorious Summer’s day, many of them headed to the city square pavement cafes for lunch, eating Belgium’s famous frites before exploring further. Mid-afternoon we all gathered again to enjoy a trip along Bruges’ canals and learn a little about the City’s history whilst having a well-earned sit down.
Back on the boat that evening, the girls gave presentations in their groups on their Baden Powell Challenge achievements before learning more about what guiding had to offer for them once they had left their Guide units. Later we talked about how the trip had gone and one of the Guides said “I liked getting to know different people and I was nervous everyone would be in big groups. I realised lots of other people were in the same boat as me and I have made loads of new friends”, another said “I would highly recommend coming to an international trip with Guides, especially if you are a nervous traveller. They are great experiences with plenty of fun to be had”.
The group’s leader, Liz Laming, said: “The girls had a wonderful time for some it was their first time travelling abroad without their parents, it really boosted their confidence and they really enjoyed the chocolate too!”