Girls Guides find their way home af­ter Swiss chal­lenge

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

The Drumheller Girl Guides re­cently re­turned from a twenty-day stay at the World As­so­ci­a­tion of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts chalet in Switzer­land and brought back a cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time.

Eight guides and two lead­ers stayed at the World Guid­ing Cen­tre in Adel­bo­den, Switzer­land to take part in the eight day Swiss chal­lenge which in­cluded hik­ing, rock climb­ing, vis­it­ing towns, cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences, games, and camp­fires.

It was nice to see how guid­ing was dif­fer­ent depend­ing on what part of the world you come from.”

“It was re­ally good for them, of course with us liv­ing in a smaller cen­tre like we do, to go through air­ports and learn how to use the pub­lic tran­sit sys­tem over there which varies from trains to trams to trol­leys,” said leader Tara McMil­lan, adding in­stead of nav­i­gat­ing the back­woods, th­ese girls got a mod­ern les­son in wayfind­ing and ur­ban sur­vival.

“They learned some great skills on find­ing their way us­ing GPS, and the whole cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence see­ing build­ings hun­dreds of years old – they got to ex­pe­ri­ence things they would never ex­pe­ri­ence here.”

They stayed in a chalet pro­vided by the in­ter­na­tional Guides or­ga­ni­za­tion, one of five through­out the world, and met with club mem­bers from all over the world, in­clud­ing Mex­ico and New Zealand.

“It was nice to see how guid­ing was dif­fer­ent depend­ing on what part of the world you come from,” said McMil­lan.

While they were vis­it­ing they hiked 20 miles up a moun­tain, rap­pelled down a cave, swam in a glacial lake, and zip-lined.

The troop will be hold­ing an open house some­time in Septem­ber at the Knox United to present on their ex­pe­ri­ence in Switzer­land.

The lo­cal Girl Guide troop re­cently re­turned from a 20 day ex­cur­sion to Switzer­land, where they got to ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery­thing from nav­i­gat­ing the bustling Zurich air­port and Euro­pean tran­sit sys­tems, to hik­ing up moun­tains and rap­pelling down a cave.

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