Trio secure success in Guide Camping Skills


THREE youngsters from the 2nd Lymm Guides are celebrating after passing their Patrol Camp Permit test.

Emma Gamble (age 14), Sophie Smith and Saranne Wright (both age 13) prepared and ran camps for their patrol for a weekend without any adult supervision or help during the test.

Emma and Saranne took their test in June and Sophie in July.

Helen Hunter, Guider of 2nd Lymm Guides, was in fact present at Pettypool just in case of emergencies but she stayed on a different site and was not expected to help at all.

She said: “This is a tremendously difficult challenge. It requires planning the whole camp, the meals, the programme, the transport, ensuring they have the right equipment, being qualified in basic first aid, having a good knowledge of food hygiene, ensuring all their kit remains dry and many other things. We’ll certainly have a celebration at our next meeting.”

Guider, Mary Clarke, said: “The Patrol Camp Permit is not a commonly-taken badge within the County because of its difficulty and the style of camping needed to prepare the guides in advance of the test, so to have three Guides wanting to take the test in the same year, was very special.”


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