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At camp we did all sorts of fun stuff like rock climbing, abseiling and the flying fox!
I would like to go there again. My favourite thing was the flying fox.
This camp was held at Pirongia and was the Mexican camp at Labour Day weekend 2013.
At camp we made swaps for when you go to Jamboree for guides every four years and you can swap them with other guides.
By Sophie Wardle
102nd Waikato Brownies
On the third of December we made some Christmas things.
We could make a Christmas card that was the shape of a Christmas tree.
We also made some chocolates in the shape of presents, sleighs, mistletoe, Christmas tree and bells. We then made a cute little bag out of Christmas wrapping paper for the chocolates to go into. The bag was the most difficult thing to make.
We could also choose to make a Christmas cracker with a rose chocolate on the inside and the outside of the cracker would be made from Christmas paper.
Some people also made a 3-D snowman or a 3-D star.
I gave my Mum the Christmas card and the bag of chocolates. She really liked the lovely little bag.
By Maya Oughton
This is the North Waikato Daffodil Picking Crew, the girls were from Chartwell pippin, Brownies, guides, Terapa Guides and Pukete Brownies
Thank you Raewynne for the photo
On 24 April, Matamata Rangers went on an exciting mini trip to Otorohanga to complete their Kiwiana Interest Certificate.
They met at the Matamata Guide Hall and got all instructions, maps, car quizzes etc and hopped into two vehicles and headed to Otorohanga. Once arriving at their destination, Otorohanga, Kiwiana Town of New Zealand, they were met by the lovely staff of the I-Site Visitors Information Centre who addressed the Matamata Rangers and spoke about the history of Otorohanga and how it became famous
for its Kiwiana “Give ‘em the Taste of Kiwi” experience. Some of the questions that the Rangers had to answer included who wore the rugby boots displayed in one of the local shops, what year was refrigeration introduced, when was school milk first brought into New Zealand schools, what year were New Zealand women able to vote and what was Aunt Daisy’s radio show favourite greeting?
Lunch was held around the visitors centre with Kiwiana features displayed around the grounds and then they had the opportunity to try and make old fashioned favourite milkshakes.
After discussing the Kiwiana questions and answers there was a surprise for the Rangers - they could swap some marbles for a giant Jaffa and swap an ice block stick for a hokey pokey ice cream. Then, sadly, it was time to leave the Kiwiana town of Otorohanga and travel back to Matamata.
Special thanks go out to Jeanette, Linda, Mrs Bolt, staff at Otorohanga Information Centre and the Matamata Rangers wish to thank Rachel for organising a great outing.
Te Tapui District Co-ordinator, Central North Zone
On Friday 24 May 2013, I went to brownie Camp. We had it at pirongia Lodge. We did lots of things like play spotlight, went on a night walk and saw glo worms. We did lots of crafts, a scavenger hunt and a day bushwalk. We even played mini golf! The food was really yum! The worst thing was, we didn’t get any sleep. Boy, was I cranky!
By Dylan, Dinsdale Brownies
On Friday 24 May 2013 we went to camp. The first thing we did was look for the room, then our bed! I was in the top bunk, I made my bed. We went on a night walk, we did crafts, played spotlight. We had FUN!
By Jessica, Dinsdale Brownies
Friday 24 May 2013 I went on Brownie Camp. The first thing I did was play spotlight. There was a trampoline there so Lily and I jumped on it. We got to make a sand jar. It is really salt and chalk.
By Mikayla, Dinsdale Brownies
On Friday 24 May 2013 we went to Pirongia Lodge for Brownie Camp. The first thing we did was play spotlight. All we mostly did was go for bush walks and do crafts and be silly and do Frisbee Golf. The food was yummy. Guess What? My mum was parent help.
By Gina, Dinsdale Brownies
I felt bored because I just sat there and didn’t do anything but sit and sing. This lady beside me asked for my piece of paper that had the words of the song on so I shared my sisters paper. She is a guide thank goodness. When I got home I was starving and we got fish and chips from the place where my Nana works at.
By Neeve, Dinsdale Brownies
Brownie Revels - by Libby
Pink, pink, pink, I arrive at brownie revels there are girls everywhere. There were nine activities. Bright, colourful and cheerful. The flowers. We had to walk through the Hamilton gardens for one activity and had to spot clues. Then we made French toast, egg and milk mixed. Yuck the breads all soggy. We tried to make scrambled eggs with the left overs. Icing is everywhere - pink, blue, green, red and orange. Icing biscuits was messy.
Camp: On the Move - by Nerissa Eddy
On camp you could end up doing lots of things, like swimming, playing games and having campfires. Well on our camp we did all three of these things including going to the museum to see the Hairy McClary exhibition. We also got to play on stilts which were hard. But the most fun part was making our own dinner and making birds. There were 17 girls at camp.
(Girls from 102nd Waikato Brownies - Taumata District)
On Sunday the 14th of April Morrinsville Brownies went on a walk through the bush. Most of the track was up hill. We started walking, but soon we stopped for morning tea. There was a seat and some branches to sit on. When we started again we saw a hollow tree that had spider webs in it. Most of us stopped to look at it. Then we carried on up the track. When we got close to the top we walked around a loop. It was an old Pa site and there were about two kumara pits. When we got back to where we started we stopped to wait for the others to catch up then we started walking again. It wasn’t far to the top from there. When we finally reached the top we all sat down.
Then we went up onto the lookout I looked for where I lived but there were too many mountains and trees in the way so I couldn’t see. When we finally started walking again it was a lot easier because it was downhill this time. When we got down to the bottom of the hill there was a clearing where we had lunch. After lunch we had a bit of time to play but then we had to carry on walking. Soon we walked past a few signs that said car park from there it wasn’t very far to the car park. When we got there I was tired but happy.
By Olivia Speirs (For Budding Publisher clause of Challenge 9)
On Sunday 14th of April some of the Brownies, Brown Owl, Toni, families and friends set out on a hiking adventure at Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve. Pukemokemoke contains over 250 native plant species including large Matai, Kauri, Totara, Tawa, Rimu and Kahikatea. We walked around the Pa site, there was a food pit. I hugged two big trees and their names were Totara and Kauri. Then we walked to the top of Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve, we saw a big high platform which we went up. From the platform I could see a long, long way away. On the way down it was very squiggly and wiggly. We came out at a picnic area. There were two toilets and Dylan got stuck in one. Luckily the parents saved the day. From the picnic area we walked to the car park. Our hike took about 2 hours and 30 minutes. We walked 3.6km and there were 186 steps along the way. I had a good time.
By Teagan O’Shea (For Budding Publisher clause of Challenge 9)
Morrinsville Thursday Brownies walked the Morrinsville River Walk as part of the Heartland Challenge. It was a lovely afternoon with nature hunts along the way and ended with afternoon tea and an enrolment ceremony in the playground. The walk was 2.5km long and with 26 people walking means 65km is added to the Te Araroa National total.
Waikato Hospital midwife Gina Chaney was “blown away” at being one of three women nationwide to receive the national Kauri award.
Gina, who has been with GirlGuiding for 28 years, is a GirlGuiding district co-ordinator and was health team leader for the jamboree, did not know she’d been nominated for the award.
“I am really shocked. To be considered deserving of national recognition just blows me away,” she said.
Gina says there is a cross-over between her midwifery role at Waikato Hospital and being a leader with Guides.
“Leadership and organisation, of which are central to my job as a delivery suite coordinator here at Waikato DHB, cross over hugely into my position as a GirlGuiding leader.“
Gina’s role at the jamboree included managing the toilets and showers, creating the physical environment of the health centre, establishing the referral and treatment guidelines and purchasing all the first aid equipment.
“Basically everything,” she laughs. “I got 34 hours’ sleep in nine days. The days ended up being 6am to 12am.”
Of her role as a leader she says “it’s full-on but I love it – I do it for the kids”.
What has Waikato been up to in 2013?
Why not tell us what you have been doing in your unit so far this year?
I know you have been out camping, doing Community Service and generally having a lot of GirlGuiding Adventures - lets show everyone what we have been doing!
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