Fun at Cool Planet

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

AL­MOST 150 Girl Guides, Brownies and Lady­birds en­joyed their an­nual gath­er­ing of groups in the Wick­low area with a visit to the Cool Planet Ex­pe­ri­ence at Pow­er­scourt.

Chil­dren from Ash­ford, Bray, Bel­mont, Del­gany, En­niskerry, Grey­stones, New­cas­tle and Wick­low took part in the one­hour ex­pe­ri­ence at Cool Planet, as well as en­joy­ing ‘stomp rocket’ and ‘minia­ture green­house’ work­shops. Par­tic­i­pants ob­tained two badges on the day in the ar­eas of STEM and en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness.

‘The tagline of Ir­ish Girl Guides is ‘Giv­ing Girls Con­fi­dence’ and this is done through games, crafts, badges and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties,’ said or­gan­iser Mary Byrne. ‘In re­cent years we have been de­vel­op­ing badges in the area of STEM and en­vi­ron­men­tal aware­ness, en­cour­ag­ing girls to be­lieve they can be what­ever they wish to be as they grow up, and our day out at Cool Planet tied in per­fectly with this.’

All groups are run by vol­un­teer lead­ers and meet once a week. Brownies and Guides can also take part in hol­i­days away, ei­ther in­doors or camp­ing (for Guides). These hol­i­days give a greater opportunit­y for the girls to learn in­de­pen­dence and more about the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

‘Cool Planet Ex­pe­ri­ence is a fun and in­spi­ra­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for all ages,’ said cen­tre man­ager, Aine O’Ma­hony. ‘It is an ideal day out for youth sum­mer projects, sports teams and lan­guage schools.’

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