Guides from Lancashire South East have just returned from an unforgettable adventure weekend, called ‘Guides off the Grid’ in Ormskirk – where they were challenged to switch off all technology and get back to basics, through a variety of different activities.

Together with their leaders, the girls Rochdale, Heywood and Oldham joined over 400 girls from across the North West for the ultimate outdoor challenge. It was an action-packed weekend with a wide range of activities including; a high ropes course, climbing, abseiling, raft building, archery and orienteering.

The event culminated with a spectacular finale – an It’s-A-Knock-Out, giant inflatable assault course, complete with water pools and foam – in which girls competed in teams with new friends they had met over the weekend.

Amy Thulborn, aged 10 from 9th Heywood Guides, said: “The whole weekend was fab! I loved everything and made some new Guiding friends. The highlight was competing in It’s-A-Knock-Out.”

Imogen Zallman, aged 11, from 32nd Rochdale Guides added: “I liked being challenged with the activities we did. It was a lot of fun and my favourite was the It’s-A-Knock-Out!”

Alex Johnstone, aged 14, said: “I had a great time at Guides off the Grid and made loads of new friends. This isn’t my first time taking part in adventure activities, I’ve done it with Guides before. My favourite activity was the high ropes course – it was so much fun!”

Julie Bell, Region Chief Commissioner said “Guides off the Grid gave our girls from across the Region a fabulous opportunity to experience some great adventurous activities. The guides gained skills whilst having tons of fun and mayhem!”

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Aiming High – Imogen Zallman (32nd Rochdale Guides) (11) takes on the Climbing Wall!


Guides from Heywood set sail on the raft they built

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Oldham Guides with their Leaders at Guides Off The Grid

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