Girl Guides go wild

30 guides, brownies and rainbows posing in a car park waiting for their coach to the zoo.
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides gather for their trip to the zoo.

Story by Thandze Grant, Danica Fairweather, Chennai Simpson & Brooke Burd

On Sunday 25th September 186th St Catherine’s Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers boarded a coach and went to Twycross Zoo. We saw lots of wild animals: monkeys, meerkats, snow leopards, parrots, lemurs, giraffes, penguins, turtles, gorillas, elephants, lemurs and birds to name but a few. We also learned about conservation at the zoo as they have many endangered animals. We had a lovely picnic lunch whilst waiting for the Penguin Parade to start. “I loved seeing all of the animals, especially the chimpanzees” said one Rainbow. “The penguins were
my favourite” said another. “I want to come back again” said a Brownie. Guide Leader Gillian Andrews said “It is great that we can get help to take the units away on an adventure like this, where they not only have lots of fun but also learn about conservation. Without the support from the children’s parents and carers bringing them to our meetings every week these activities would not go ahead.”

30 guides, brownies and rainbows posing in a car park waiting for their coach to the zoo.
Rainbows, Brownies and Guides gather for their trip to the zoo.

It was a very long day and the coach on the way back was very quiet as many girls fell asleep (especially the younger ones) but we all enjoyed it.

Rainbows (aged 5-7), Brownies (aged 7 – 10), Guides (aged 10 – 14) and Rangers (aged 14-26) meet at the Crescent Community Centre in St Catherine’s School every Wednesday in term time. There are currently spaces in Rainbows, Guides and Rangers. Contact Gillian on 07863 890 144 or visit www.girlguiding.org.uk