Lanark Guides return from Swiss adventure
A group of Lanark Guides and Ranger Guides have returned from a week-long adventure to Switzerland.
24 girls aged from eleven to 17 travelled by coach for almost two days through Scotland, England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to reach their chalet in Adelboden.
The guides headed to the Swiss mountain village to visit Our Chalet, an international centre for Girl Guides, opened in 1932, and enjoy a raft of activities in the area.
The jam-packed adventure programme included zip lining, tobogganing, swimming, visiting a cheese factory and a wood carver and attending a Swiss party night.
Infinity Gracie, 14, said: “The Swiss night was really good because we went with other guide groups and we all had to do a performance, so our piece was about Lanark and William Wallace.
“Our Chalet was really special too as it’s for guides around the world and it is a nice sense of community.
“I also did a pendulum jump at the adventure park and I was really nervous, but I was glad that I did it.
“I have lots of memories from the trip.”
A cable car ride to the summit of Schilthorn in the Bernese Alps, at 2,970 m, was another of the highlights of the holiday.
At the mid station the youngsters and the leaders tested their nerve as they navigated a 200m cliff pathway, taking in the views from a platform situated over a vertical precipice.
Ailsa West, 11, said: “I loved the fact that we were doing something different every day and my favourite part was the tobogganing and then swimming in a glacial lake.
“It was really fun, and I walked into my neck and was actually swimming but it was really cold.
“This was my first time abroad with the guides and the whole trip was better than I expected it to be.
“It was just an amazing experience.”
Emma Heggie, guide and ranger leader said: “It’s been an amazing chance for our guides to be inspired on their own journey of discovery as they learn and develop new skills and try new things.
“They achieve so much in such a short space of time and come home much more self-assured.”
“But most of all, it’s the glorious memories they bring back.”
Assisting Emma on the international excursion was guider, Amy McGregor, and five adult volunteers.
Emma said: “Travelling abroad through Girlguiding encourages girls to stay in guiding longer and international guiding trips can have loads of benefits not only for girls, but for leaders too as they tackle new adventures.
“I would like to thank the team of adults who dedicated their time to come with us and allow these girls to have such a memorable experience and build their confidence for the future.”
Lanark Guides are now commencing fundraising for their next trip in summer 2020, to an international guide and scout camp set in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
To find out more about registering to join Girlguiding Scotland, or to volunteer, call 0131 226 4511 or visit www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk/get-involved/
Article contributed by Alison Gilchrist.