Leeds Brownies and Rainbows enjoy Magic and Mayhem at huge camp

Rainbows and Brownies from Leeds joined over 2,000 girls creating Magic and Mayhem at Girlguiding’s biggest event for girls aged five to ten.

Girls from 6th Roundhay Brownies rose to the challenge as they took on a series of adventurous activities at Magic and Mayhem at Waddow Hall, Girlguiding’s activity centre near Clitheroe in Lancashire on 9th to 10th June.

Over the weekend the girls tried a range of exciting activities spread across five themed zones; science, circus, dance, activity and fun. The activities included climbing, archery, fencing, juggling, magic tricks and science experiments.

And after adventuring all day the Rainbows and Brownies camped all together under a giant big top tent. For many girls this was their first night away from home as part of their Girlguiding journey.

MandM L to R Gabriella, Harriet, Lola, Isla, Megan, Annie-Jo and Maya

Maya and Harriet, 8, Brownies from 6th Roundhay Brownies, said: “The best thing was making kinetic sand because it was very messy. We would recommend that all Rainbows and Brownies go to Magic and Mayhem next year!

MandM L to R Gabriella, Annie-Jo and Isla making kinetic sand (1)

Annie-Jo, Gabriella and Isla, 9, Brownies from 6th Roundhay Brownies, said: “We loved rock climbing because the instructors helped us when we got stuck, so that we got better and climbed higher than we thought we could. It was so much fun.”

Megan and Lola, 9, Brownies from 6th Roundhay Brownies, said: “The Instructors were nice and friendly, we tried fencing for the first time and really liked it.”

MandM Lola and Harriet fencing MandM Lola fencing (2)

Girlguiding UK ambassador, inspirational adventurer Anna McNuff, attended the event at Foxlease in Hampshire where she spoke about adventure with the Rainbows and Brownies and got involved in the bushcraft activities, helping girls to learn how to set and light a fire. Anna has travelled all around the world to take on challenges, from cycling 11,000 miles across the USA, to running nearly 2,000 miles along New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail. In 2016 she took on the gruelling task of cycling along the Andes, ascending over 100,000 metres on a bike during the course of her journey.

She said: “It’s so important for girls to have opportunities to experience the outdoors, have fun and challenge themselves to try things that they wouldn’t get the chance to do elsewhere. Magic and Mayhem is the perfect place for this and I loved seeing the girls really embrace the various challenges, from scaling the heights on the climbing wall to taking on the assault course. This is what Girlguiding is all about, supporting girls to have the confidence to try new things, to take on challenges and ultimately seek out adventure. It’s why I’m proud to be an ambassador.”

Girlguiding gives girls opportunities to have fun and adventure, gain life skills and make friends. Magic and Mayhem is the second of three weekend events to be held at Girlguiding’s activity centres in Hampshire, Sussex and Lancashire during 2018, for girls and young women from across the country, and follows on from winter camp Sparkle and Ice and precedes summer festival Wellies and Wristbands.

For more information about how to get involved with Girlguiding, the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, visit www.girlguiding.org.uk