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9th Selsdon Guides enjoyed an action-packed trip in Wales thanks to JPF funding

This Summer, the 9th Selsdon Guides from Croydon, took a jam-packed, adventured-filled trip to North Wales. It was different to any other trip they had taken before and included lots of exciting activities which took the Guides out of their comfort zone. The trip was partly funded by a £750 Small Grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation and the Guides also organised their own fundraising events to go toward costs.

The ten-day camp gave the Guides an experience they will never forget. They took part in activities they had never tried before, including gorge walking, canoeing on the Menai Straits and learning to surf in a lake in the Snowdonia mountains. The Guides also visited the historical Caernarfon castle and built some castles of their own in a sandcastle building competition. Coming from urban London, simply camping in the mountains and taking in the beautiful scenery everyday was something very special.

The leaders also enforced a no mobile phones and no make-up policy. This gave the girls a chance to forget about what was happening on social media and what they looked like and instead simply enjoy the experience.

The Guides absolutely loved the trip and fully embraced mountain life. The day the group climbed up Snowdon they were very unlucky with the weather, and endured strong winds and torrential rain. However, the mountain guides said that they could walk back down the mountain safely, so the Guides took a vote to see who wanted to continue. The girls unanimously voted to walk down and were nothing but enthusiastic and cheerful the whole way down, showing true grit and team spirit.

It was a wonderful trip full of learning new skills, trying new things, working as a team and having fun! 

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