Youngsters attend Thinking Day

HUNDREDS of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section, Young Leaders and nearly 60 unit leaders from Heanor, Ripley, Belper, Duffield and Allestree came together to celebrate World Thinking Day.

The Fun Day event held at Heanor Gate Science College took as its theme from the world travels of Lady Olave Baden-Powell.

The games and songs and crafts for the event were arranged by the unit leaders. Refreshments throughout the day and the Guide Shop selling badges and other Guiding merchandise were staffed by woman from several different Trefoil Guilds.

The 220 children got to play steel pans, tried Henna hand painting, made boomerangs, tried a little Bollywood-style dancing, knock on wood with Maori stick games and played European flag bingo. They also tried carpet tile sledging, made beaded jewellery and masks from Africa and sampled a whole host of other crafts and games.

Lunch was in the style of a mass picnic and gave everyone the opportunity to mingle and make new friends. Donating shiny fifty pence pieces, a collection was made for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and made £96.

The day closed with everyone renewing their guide promise together.

Spokeswoman Carol Evans said: “Everyone made a fantastic contribution to the day running smoothly and the true guiding spirit was present with smiley faces in abundance. Lady Baden Powell would have been proud.”