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Try It Day was an awesome, challenging and diverse event, which was run by the Manawatu Outdoor Team for Guide-aged girls.
The object of the day was for the Guides to “have a go” at activities that they had not had an opportunity to do before, and to showcase to leaders a variety of activities that were on offer within the community.
The day started bright and early with registration at 8am, where the girls met the leader in charge of their group and the other girls in the group. It was great to see a mix of girls from different districts within each group.
We had 58 Guides at Try It Day, with five streams of four activities offered. The first of the activities began at 9am and ran for 90 minutes, before moving onto the next activity, completing a total of four activities over the day. It was full–on fun!
Girls were accompanied by at least one Guide leader and two to three parents, depending on the size of the group. Parents happily assisted in transporting the girls to each activity.
The activities on offer were full of variety, offering something different and challenging for each Guide to try:
- Laser Tag
- Rock climbing
- Roller skating
- Mountain biking
The girls returned at the end of the day to the meeting point for the closing ceremony, where they were presented their Try It Day badges, sang Taps and were given an ice cream as they went home. Lots of happy faces and chatter indicated that the Try It Day was a huge success.
During Term 3 the Bulls Brownie Pack worked towards the Animal World Badge with a special emphasis on the Kiwi. At a Kiwi Fun Day on Sunday 19 August they collected $130 which has been donated to the BNZ Save the Kiwi Fund. To conclude their activities a visit to Nga Manu Reserve was organised and three of the girls have written about their experiences on the day.
Nga Manu and the Kiwi
On Sunday 9 September the Bulls Brownies went to Nga Manu Nature Reserve. We saw a Brown Kiwi and a Ruru. Then we saw a black duck called a Paradise duck. It was funny because it kept on pecking Annabel.
Seeing the Kiwi was the most attractive thing at Nga Manu. The first time we went into the Nocturnal House and we weren’t looking, Lorraine sneaked into the kiwis’ territory to give them their worms. The kiwi came right up to the glass and that was so cool. I thought they were spiky like hedgehogs but they are so soft. They have got fine feathers.
The second time we went into the Nocturnal House everybody thought they saw a dead baby kiwi on the rocks in the morepork cage and when the morepork swooped down and got it ,we went to the information centre to tell them. We were told, “You know how you like to eat chicken, well, morepork like to eat dead baby chickens.” Charlotte said, “False alarm, it was a dead chicken.”
Before we left Nga Manu, we got to feed the eels! We used long poles so they couldn’t bite us. They like to eat the same as the morepork and on the bottom of the chicken container there was chicken blood that the eels loved! GROSS! They let us touch the eels too.
By Mikaela, Jessica and Charlotte
Bulls Brownies Manawatu
For Girl Guide Action Month we, the Hokowhitu Rangers, knew instantly what we wanted to do. We wanted to do something for the children in hospital.
We decided to make games and activities for them and spent a couple of nights brainstorming ideas then turning them into reality. Because they were for sick children everything had to be able to be wiped clean or washed. Where possible we recycled materials to make 17 different games and activities, including Tic Tac Toe, Snakes & Ladders, Pebble puzzles, Wipe clean sudokus, join the dots, colouring sheets with colouring pencils and felt pens, a ‘Lid man’, snowstorm bottles and more.
Speed Stax NZ kindly donated a set of speed stacking cups and DVD to go with our box of goodies.
The hospital staff were delighted to have new activities to entertain the 4 to 16 year olds in their care. We all had lots of fun and felt an amazing sense of satisfaction knowing our effort would keep sick children entertained.
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