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1st Somercotes Guides 2017
by Parish Council on Monday 8 January 2018

In 2017 Somercotes Guides partied into space in an explosion of glitter and chocolate!

The cookie challenge, it was suspected, was an excuse for the Guides to eat chocolate.  The cookie taste test results favoured chocolate and ALL the patrols chose to make chocolate cookies to fill the cookie jars they had made.  More chocolate was munched when we took over the cinema to watch Beauty and the Beast.

During an extra-terrestrial spring term, the Guides were challenged to become friends to aliens.  From across the galaxy of imagination some creative alien friends appeared made from wool, clay, marshmallows, ping pong balls and googly-eyes.

Meanwhile, SoMARScotes Guides brought out the power tools to create a giant replica of the home planet for space themed Spring Bank Camp.  The Guides completed their space mission to have fun by climbing, abseiling, shooting, bouncing and of course The Water Fight.

The senior patrol blasted its way around the go-kart track with such speed we were surprised they didn’t launch into space, before the first party of the year… a surprise birthday party!

An evening of explosions in the summer term elicited glee and laughter.  Water rockets were expelled into the atmosphere and we learnt about chemical reactions with vitamin C and fizzy drink; much to the relief of this year’s role model – female firefighter Jo, who looked rather alarmed when we told her we were about to blow things up.

We also had a scavenger hunt, raised money for Macmillan and another party…The summer promise party.

The partying continued at Wellies and Wristbands camp, where with glitter painted faces we sang and danced and came over all giddy about boybands.  We also proved that you can build rafts, climb and cave in glittery make-up.

We explored faith and belief during the autumn; visiting Hindu and Sikh temples, a mosque and a church as well as learning some Arabic, how to cook a curry and how to party Asian style during a marriage workshop.  After competing in the area incident hike, we needed some pampering, so held a Body Shop party.

Is October too cold for paddling?  Not for Somercotes Guides who spent a weekend in Mablethorpe where highlights included cute seals, bouldering, a tour of the lifeboats, travelling on the beach train and getting as wet as possible whilst ‘paddling’ in the sea fifteen minutes before getting on the coach home!

‘The unicorn made me do it’ said the Guides when the glitter exploded during our unicorn challenge.  The unicorn also made them hold a unicorn gymkhana, explore their unicorn superpowers, make unicorn cupcakes and rainbow kebabs and of course hold a unicorn party complete with freak-shakes and glitter face painting.

In our last term of 2017 the Guides debated important topics, such as chocolate, during parliament week; voted to make and send cards to the lonely and ill as their community action project; entertained Somercotes in our talent show and at the parish carol concert; made glittery Christmas crafts; and finally Roller-disco partied their way into 2018!

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