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Rainbow Outdoor Adventure Day at Bradley Wood

If you went down to the woods on Saturday 11 May – you were in for a big surprise!  The region’s Rainbows, and some young Brownies, had staged a takeover and were trying out all manner of adventurous activities in the great outdoors.

Rainbow Outdoor Adventure DayAfter two years of planning for this Rainbow outdoor adventure, the day had finally dawned.  The weather forecast wasn’t great, but in true Guiding fashion that didn’t seem to put anyone off, as over 200 girls arrived at Bradley Wood, full of excitement for the day ahead.  (A similar event was held at Beamish Wild on the 19th May 2013, as the area covered by the region is so large, making sure that as many girls as possible could take part.)

Divided into groups, the girls enjoyed two zones of activities, plus a break for lunch!

Zone One:  

Low ropes – tyre swings, rope bridges and more

Gift shop – always popular, with lots of happy Rainbows exiting clutching bags of goodies and sweets

Craft – making bug houses from sticks and cardboard tubes, as well as pipe cleaner caterpillars on twigs

Assault course – cheered on by Sarah, one of the volunteers helping with the day, girls got muddy crawling under scramble nets, through tubes and balancing over planks of wood, as well as climbing through an elastic spiders web

The Cresta run – sledging down a track

Archery – enjoyed by all, the region now has lots of budding archers!

Zone Two:

Bouldering wall – participants donned helmets and had fun traversing the climbing wall in the Jubilee Centre


Story telling

Nature trail – girls went on a walk through the wood, learning about the animals and plants they could see

Shelter Building – with the help of Young Leader Emily, many fantastic shelters were built with twigs and leaves for added camouflage

Cave trailer – the girls put on helmets with head lamps, crawled through tunnels, climbed up walls and finished with an exit down a slide

Craft – butterflies and caterpillars were made from pipe cleaners, pompous and beads and each girl made a fluffy bug welly peg.Rainbow Outdoor Adventure Day

As well as the adventurous activities, Young Leader Hannah & Guide Rainbow Helper Charlotte took turns to entertain the girls dressed as Rainbow Olivia – which had everyone smiling!  The day finished with a campfire run by the Bradley Wood team, and the girls still had just enough energy to sing and shout to all the action songs.

It was lovely to see so many happy but tired faces as the girls (and their leaders!)  left to make the journey home. And the weather forecasters were wrong! We had no thunderstorms, just a couple of quick showers, and most of the day was in sunshine and blue skies.

Many thanks to all the volunteers from Guiding and Bradley Wood who helped make the day so successful, and we hope the girls from the other end of the region had an equally fantastic day at their adventure at Beamish Wild.

Fiona Roberts

To view more pictures from this event please go to our Flickr albums