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Guides’ woodland skills badge raises hundreds for Pilgrims

Posted on 17 June 2013

Girlguides from across east Kent spent a day outdoors over the weekend to earn a new badge testing their woodland skills.

More than 60 girls and their group leaders enjoyed building dens, making jewellery, learning how to light a camp fire without matches and using bark fibres to make small ropes at the Fowlmead country park at Sholden near Deal on Sunday.

The woodland skills badge has been initiated by Pilgrims Hospices with the entry fee being donated to the charity. The event itself was arranged by Girlguides and supported by Natural Pathways, EarthCraftUK, Kings Junior School, Bright Sparks of Deal and Kent Wildlife Trust who all provided instructors and materials for the occasion.

Girlguiding’s Kent East guide advisor Renee Grier said: “It was a very successful and enjoyable day. The Guides tackled the activities with great enthusiasm and were delighted to receive their woodland skills badges at the end.”

Pilgrims Hospices youth fundraising officer, Jo Spiteri, a former Girlguide herself, said the event had raised nearly £1,000 for the charity.

She added: “We were very fortunate to have the support of so many other organisations providing their services for free. The girls really enjoyed learning the new skills and many of them are now wanting to share those with their friends.”


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