Guides combine at camp

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Taking aim at archery are, from left, Chloe Russell, Emma Armour, Laura Doig and Jessica Moore.

Methven Girl Guides of all ages have enjoyed an activity filled camp close to home.

Some 40 girls from pippin, brownie and guide groups took part in an Olympic themed weekend based at the Lauriston Hall.

Six teams of mixed age girls competed under the flags of six countries and challenges included archery, “belly bouncing”, skittles, petanque and manual go kart racing.

Points were awarded for activity challenges and a medal ceremony was held.

The girls even enjoyed a taste of Brazilian inspired food with a meal of beans and rice.

Methven Girl Guides leader Alison Hydes said it had been the first time that the girls had come together for a combined camp in many years.

Half had slept on mats in the Lauriston Hall and the other half in tents outside.

Sunday had finished with the girls enjoying two hours of “madcap” bicycling with an array of hand crafted wacky bikes brought down from Christchurch.

The weekend had encouraged strong team building, with older girls helping the younger ones complete tasks, said Mrs Hydes.

There are over 50 girls affiliated with girl guiding in the Methven area.