World of Opportunities
At Bradley Wood in Brighouse, it was a quiet Friday night in July, when in the space of 2 hours, 90 participants aged from 10 to well, let’s just say over 60, arrived and pitched their tents ready for the Regions first WOO weekend. Old friends were delighted to see each other and new friendships began to form. A mountain of hot dogs disappeared and was washed down with a sea of hot chocolate. Then it was straight into the weekends action with a wide game in the twilight, then after more hot chocolate it was off to bed, which for some meant sharing a tent with a brand new friend, and for some even their very first camping experience.
Morning brought a few more arrivals and a buzz of activity, after a hearty breakfast worthy of a hotel, with options ranging from bacon butties and cereal to haloumi cheese and yoghurts, then packed lunches made, it was off to the first activity.
Guides went of to cook on open fires, making stew in foil bags and pitta bread pizzas they also learnt how to care for different types of tent while Senior Section were learning knife and fire skills, upcycling furniture or finding out about International Opportunities.
Adults had a visit from our Region Chief Commissioner, Jill Webb, who delivered a Safe Space session, which was very well attended. Others learned valuable First Response skills. Lunchtime chatter was considerably louder than previous meals as friendships had truly been formed, after some delicious home made soups to go with our packed lunches, it was off to activities again, with more adults joining the First Response group for a renewal.
Guides completed their First Aid Badge and attended sessions about ICE. Senior Section members took part in some service on site for the Community Octant, and even more fires and cooking in various locations. Guides were able to attend some Senior Section sessions to get a taster of what comes next and adults attended sessions with the girls to see what they were doing and learn new skills to take to their units.
After all that was done, there was a World of Food buffet which was truly amazing, with choices ranging from bolognese to enchiladas to sweet and sour to chilli, there really was something for everyone, no matter what your dietary requirements! After dinner it was off to the campfire where the WOO group entertained other groups who were staying on site, and even provided marshmallows to toast. Even more hot chocolate was then ready to warm us through before bed.
Sunday morning breakfast just had to be eggy bread, because it just isn’t camp until you’ve had eggy bread! Then off to sessions which included Travelling Abroad Training for adults, World Guiding Badge for Guides and Fit For Life and Personal Values sessions for the Senior Section. Lunchtime brought us all back together, tents were packed away and by 2pm the hall was piled high with bags and tents. Parents started to arrive and friends said goodbye as they headed off to the corners of the Region in their red and black WOO clothing for a well earned rest but thinking about the World Of Opportunities available to them through Girlguiding and where they will go next.