Guides have always enjoyed camping and recently, a group from Gainsborough were able to enjoy some quality time camping in the woods. Their favourite activity was cooking on fires, although finding dry wood was a big challenge after a massive rainstorm the day before. On the menu was pasta, jacket potatoes, sausages, tomato sauce and, of course,… s’mores.
The guides entertained themselves with an attempt at building a hammock from rope and tarpaulin and a spontaneous game of rounders with Haxey Scouts. Managing a day or two without phones is always a hard test for teenage girls, but they appreciate the benefits of a bit of forest bathing and watching the sky for signs of oncoming showers instead of scrolling screens for incoming social news.
Pitching and striking tents is a great team building activity, but they think that a new Olympic sport of (team and individual) packing a tent into its bag should be introduced in Paris 2024 (why do they come with a bag that is obviously far too small?!). The Leaders could get a gold medal in that event.
Next year will see a much more active camp come to Lincolnshire. Poacher International Jamboree has been held every four or five years at the showground since 1977. Despite being postponed due to COVID, it is a much-anticipated opportunity to participate in a mind-blowing range of sports, activities, crafts, performances and more. Taking advantage of many local landmarks and visitor attractions too, visiting Scouts and Guides will see rural and historic Lincolnshire at its best and make new friends from all around the world.
There is still time to join Guides to take part in Poacher before bookings close. Find out more at or find out about Girlguiding in Gainsborough by emailing, see their Facebook page: Girlguiding Gainsborough, or visit