Ice Trip to Jersey
After a smooth flight over, we arrived at Jersey HQ to a warm welcome. We then decided to brave the rain and head for the beach after tea they enjoyed a desert island challenge.
After being fabulously fed at breakfast we set off on our beach clean with a hugely knowledgeable Kevin from the Jersey Marine Conservation Society. This turned into more if a marine wildlife educational session investigating rock pools and the shoreline with finds like cuttlefish shells, sea hares, interesting seaweeds and half a lobster pot!! The girls were brilliant and the local beach is now 20.4kgs less littered after our mornings work.
The dry morning rapidly turned into a very wet afternoon (for the girls only!) with them donning wetsuits and heading out to sea on team paddleboards with their instructors. They paddled off from the most beautiful beach on the island round to the next bay on a flat calm sea. Just in case they weren’t wet enough, the brave among them jumped into the sea from the end of the pier as we watched from the beach.
We then volunteered at Jersey Hospice shop’s collecting depot. The girls got stuck in with cleaning cloths and glass polish having been asked to start cleaning the crystal and china!!!! Silent glances passed between the Leaders but we needn’t have worried – the girls we’re amazing and we’ve had so many lovely comments from the ladies and many offers to come back and help some more.
We then went to the British Heart Foundation at Kismet Cabana beach front café and given our instructions for laying out a geocaching course.
Eyecan is a charity for the visually impaired who have been active in Jersey for over 100 years. They were delighted to see us and had prepared borders for us to plant up with shrubs, some to weed and clear and 20-year-old buddleia roots to dig out! Some of the girls tied off bulbs and others planted strawberries and herbs. This rounded off our volunteering for the week.
We visited The War Tunnels which were very interesting and gave us all an insight into life on Jersey during the second world war.
Three girls gave an amazing interview with BBC Jersey radio. They are keen to hear all about the good work we have been doing and managed to get a birthday shout of for one of the girls. Listen to the interview here.
Then more fun at Creepy Valley high ropes and zip wire course for the girls and lunch for the birthday celebrations.
We then went to the cinema and to round off the last day, we played raffle bingo and presented the girls with their Jersey badge and small gifts and set to with some packing ready for home.
All in all a busy fun packed trip.
ICE 2018 Briefing Weekend
Twelve Guides from across the region met at Barnard Castle HQ in October to get to know each other and begin to plan for the Ice final project in Jersey in 2018. The weekend began with lots of ice-breakers and a chance to get to know each other over supper. After a week at school and a long drive for some, it was time for a chill out and a film.
Saturday began with community games and the girls worked towards the Globalistic Go For It. They played the woolly mammoth game, baked cookies and made elephant mobiles. After lunch they all headed to the Bowes Museum to take part in the First World War 100 year anniversary celebration. On the walk to the Museum Kirsty, one of the leaders, had a frog jump over the wall onto her shoulder, she and the frog were very surprised. At the museum the girls listened to a talk on WW1 food which was very interesting and the Guides asked some great questions. The Museum has received further feedback from members of the public complimenting the Guides. They then took part in creating a canvas of a war scene with wet felted flowers in the foreground.
The Guides (and leaders) created their own wet felted flowers to add to the scene. After a quick look around the museum they returned to the Guide Head Quarters for some free time. After dinner they played a mixture of games and a film before a well-deserved sleep.
Sunday the girls started on planning for their final project in Jersey. The Guides produced a code of conduct, planned a menu and put forward ideas for the programme. They also selected uniform colours, this was defiantly the most difficult decision of the weekend, and came up with an A-Z of fundraising ideas. After lunch everyone headed for home, looking forward to seeing each other in January for the next part of the experience.