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It was a wet and wild start to term four for Nelson Rangers. Our lightweight camp commenced with a hike up the centre of New Zealand in the pouring rain and then on to the Maitai camping ground where the multitudes of sand flies proved to be determined and ferocious! The weather cleared up beautifully as we arrived at our destination which made putting up the tents a much nicer experience.
As part of our Water for Life badge we looked at water quality and tried different methods for purifying water. The general consensus was that the three drops of bleach per litre of water was the least offensive of the solutions and while the orange flavoured electrolyte replacement wasn’t our favourite drink we appreciated the importance of rehydration and safe water.
We learned how to set up an emergency shelter and how to operate gas and white-spirit cookers. The chocolate pudding took forever to cook but the result was well worth the wait. That night, while we were sleeping, the wind turned around and brought an icy blast right out of the south so we were grateful for extra layers and learned some valuable lessons in packing for a lightweight camp.
On day two, continuing on from our CPR training a couple of weeks ago, we looked at first aid and survival kits. We had seen the River Safety DVD from the Mountain Safety Council so it was time to put the theory into practice. After a thorough assessment we crossed the river, there and back again, just like a bunch of Hobbits. We are a growing unit, one of the girls crossed the river as a Guide and then came back as a Ranger. We welcome Coco into Nelson Rangers and look forward to having her on the team next year.
A special thanks needs to go to our heroic leader Barbara for still taking us lightweight camping despite being six months pregnant and to Anne and Elaine who came to assess her. We are looking forward to having a qualified lightweight camp leader in the top of the south which will enable us to go lightweight camping again in the future.
We had a great time and a reporter form the Waimea Weekly had this really good picture of us all put in the paper.
Sue Burrowes - DC Twin Peaks Nelson
Laura Coulton from Wakatu Guides received her Guides Aotearoa Award from Josie MacDonald at the Arapiki District Thinking Day event at Tahunanui Beach on Friday 22 February, 2013.
Nelson Region units were asked to make a card to celebrate Thinking Day 2013. These have been placed in the Guide and Scout corner at The Nelson Cathedral.
Another great opportunity to showcase Girl Guiding in Nelson.
Thank you for all your cards and messages.
What has Nelson 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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