Eight Girl Guides experience Jamboree

By Corowa Free Press

From September 30 to October 6, Newington Armory, Sydney Olympic Park, was the campsite for the eight Girl Guides aged 10-15 years.  

The event offered Girl Guides a unique chance to experience many exciting activities, excursions and adventures onsite, around Sydney and further afield.

At this major national/international event, over 1,200 Girl Guides and leaders from all over Australia welcomed Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Pakistan, The Philippines, United Kingdom and United States for a week of activity, fun and friendship.

Onsite the girls participated in a great variety of activities and workshops related to the environment, science, Australia and the world’s varied cultures, themed ‘world explore’. 

They spent a day in Sydney (city explore) discovering little known facts about the city and experiencing the diversity of activities it has to offer. 

Over 450 of the campers chose to climb the bridge as a very special culmination to their busy day. 

The weather was superb and the view was spectacular.

The older Guides spent two days on an expedition of their choice. Options included flying a light plane, horse riding, canoeing, canyoning, caving, hiking, white water rafting and surfing, as well as The Ghost Tour at Q Station, Zoo Snooze and exploring the city.

The younger Guides spent one day on an adventure of their choice including high ropes and crate stacking or high ropes and the zoo, sailing, archery, circus arts, flying in a helicopter, surfing, touring the Opera House, working out an escape room, going behind the scenes at the zoo, experiencing water fun at Cables Wake Park, visiting the Blue Mountains to try the 1,000 steps and being on the lookout for Home and Away stars when they visit Summer Bay (Palm Beach). 

Onsite the girls joined a ‘pick a path’ game, called a Wide Game, which was based on the convict era of Sydney. The campsite was beside the Parramatta River which thousands of convicts would have sailed during that era.

Their final day was a chance to enjoy the company of new and old friends while they joined in an amazing array of challenges, activities and experiences for ‘friendship explore’.

Each night was full of activity. The opening ceremony featured an LED dance routine and singer, while we marvelled at the fire twirlers at the closing ceremony.

There was so much to do and so little time to do it before Jamboree ended and everyone said goodbye to an amazing week, but it was a lifetime of experiences.

The Corowa girls thank the community for their support with fundraising to allow them to attend the Jamboree.