WEST LINTON’S Guides put their survival skills to the test with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Arctic Circle.

The girls, aged between 10 and 25 travelled to Bodo in northern Norway recently to meet with Girlguides and Scouts from around the world for an action-packed camp.

During the week they had the chance to take part in everything from constructing a wooden entrance and swing for their camp to completing an unsupervised overnight hike and camp out under tarpaulins.

And, because Bodo enjoys constant daylight in the summer, the group got to witness the midnight sun and pack as much into their adventure-filled days as possible.

Izzy, 11, from 3rd West Linton Guides, said: “I loved going to Nord 2017. 

“It was a great experience – such a big thing to be part of. 

“The scenery was beautiful and I really enjoyed the water distilling by the sea. I can’t wait for my next big Girlguiding adventure.”
Helen, aged 17, from the Senior Section, added: “Taking part in Nord was an amazing experience. 

“We had the chance to try so many new things and really push ourselves beyond our comfort zone and it felt great to see what we could achieve as a group. 

“My favourite moment was going sailing on a yacht. 

“I’ve made some brilliant new friends and memories that I think will last a lifetime.”

The girls got the opportunity to learn new skills throughout the week and leader Mirren McLeod is already planning their next expedition.

She told the Peeblesshire News: “Taking my Guides to the Nord Jamboree was an unforgettable experience – for the girls and leaders alike.

“Our Guides were determined to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime adventure so they started practising bush craft and navigation skills to get ready for the camp, learning how to construct structures using bamboo and ropes and going on hikes, navigating with maps and compasses.

“When we arrived the girls were so excited to get stuck in. 

“They worked alongside the Norwegian group to saw logs and construct a brilliant entrance to their camp, plus a log swing that provided very popular throughout the camp.

“Our practise hikes meant the girls were well-prepared for their solo, overnight expedition and even chose to ditch their tents and sleep under tarpaulins. 

“Seeing the girls pushing themselves beyond their comfort zone and putting their survival skills to the test – all while making friends with Guides and Scouts from around the world – was really rewarding. 

“As a leader, I also got to meet volunteers from so many different countries and enjoy a sail to see the stunning midnight sun.

“Giving girls the opportunity to enjoy new experiences, gain new skills and realise their full potential is what Girlguiding Scotland is all about so I’m really pleased we were able to offer this unforgettable experience to the girls. 

“It’s inspired our unit to continue taking on new challenges, and we’re already planning our next outdoor and international adventures.”