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Survival Skills for Girl Guides

By Hati Whiteley
06, Dec, 2017

Catching up with Girl Guiding Derbyshire to discover how they got on at Glenbrook Outdoor Activity Centre for their Survival skills activity day

The Alpkit Foundation is delighted to have supported Girl Guiding Derbyshire, helping Guides from South Derbyshire to attend a Survival Badge Day at Glenbrook Outdoor Activity Centre. We caught up with the group to see how the event went.

Around 200 Guides from North Derbyshire and Sheffield came together at Glenbrook Outdoor Activity Centre in Hope Valley to work on their survival skills and obtain their badge. The activity centre is completely self-funded and all profits are reinvested to improve facilities and expand their offering of activities; this ensures that Guides, Scouts, and other youth organisations can continue to use and benefit from the facilities.

Having fun with tarps shelters!

The Guide Survival Badge is an opportunity for Guides to learn new practical skills such as shelter building, how to prepare for a day out, navigating, and reading timetables. During their visit to Glenbrook, Guides are able to participate in activities that wouldn't usually be possible in their normal meet-ups. The Alpkit Foundation supported the Girl Guiding Derbyshire with funding for a transport to and from the event, enabling 45 Guides and 10 leaders to attend by removing the financial obstacles of transport costs.

Alison from Girl Guiding Derbyshire explained how a change of location and format from the usual guiding meet-ups benefitted the group:

"The Guides and leaders learned new skills in a fun and interesting way, enabling them to appreciate the outdoors more. It is always beneficial for girls from different Guide units to attend joint events as it helps them realise that they are just a small part of the overall Guiding movement. "

Girlguiding UK has identified that low self-esteem and confidence are factors that play a large part in the development of young women. In addition to learning practical skills for the outdoors, the survival badge activity day revolved around providing an environment where young people could improve their communication skills, develop new relationships, and build their self-confidence; which in turn translates to higher attainment at school.

A pretty epic natural shelter

To sum up the day, Alison told us:

"The project was definitely a success as the girls from the Derby area really threw themselves in to the activities."

We're really pleased to learn that the guides had a such a great day! To find out more about Derbyshire Girlguiding, visit their website.

The Alpkit Foundation supports projects that enable people to overcome the obstacles preventing them from Going Nice Places and Doing Good Things. 

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