Singleton District Girl Guides set for experience of a lifetime at Sydney Jamboree

The 11 Singleton District Girl Guides attending the Sydney Girl Guides Jamboree are: back, from left, Caitlin Towart, Ruby Thomas, Ella Wigzell, Ella Hamson, Sophie Kelley; front, from left, Gabrielle Colelough, Layla Korff, Milan Davies and Chelsea Maher. Absent: Aoife Marzol and Chevelle Phillips
The 11 Singleton District Girl Guides attending the Sydney Girl Guides Jamboree are: back, from left, Caitlin Towart, Ruby Thomas, Ella Wigzell, Ella Hamson, Sophie Kelley; front, from left, Gabrielle Colelough, Layla Korff, Milan Davies and Chelsea Maher. Absent: Aoife Marzol and Chevelle Phillips

SINGLETON District Girl Guides will boast the second largest contingent at the upcoming Sydney Girl Guides Jamboree.

The 11 youngsters – Caitlin Towart, Ruby Thomas, Ella Wigzell, Ella Hamson, Sophie Kelley, Gabrielle Colelough, Layla Korff, Milan Davies, Chelsea Maher, Aoife Marzol and Chevelle Phillips – along with local leaders Aimee Watkins, Roslyn Kelley and Cynthia Korff are heading to the Newington Armory campsite from September 30 to October 6.

More than 1000 Girl Guides, aged 10 to 17 years from around Australia and 200 from overseas, will experience many exciting activities, excursions and adventures on-site and around Sydney and NSW.

Countries being represented include Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Pakistan, The Philippines, United Kingdom and United States.

“The week will provide Girl Guides opportunities for fun, friendship, adventure and exploration, creating memories to last a lifetime,” Singleton district manager Kirsty Bates said.

“The girls are being asked to be ‘kind and thoughtful to everyone you meet during Sydney Jamboree’ and ‘to laugh, to play, to eat together, to do the heavy lifting, to share our Guiding Light as Girl Guides’.”

Singleton Girl Guide Layla Korff said she was excited to meet guides from overseas. 

“It’s definitely going to be a highlight of my adventures with Girl Guides,” she admitted.

“Camping for a week with more than 1000 guides from around the world is exciting.”

The Australian Girl Guide Jamboree takes place once every three years and is rotated between each state and territory.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a huge Girl Guide event in our own state,” Layla said.

Singleton Girl Guides have been fundraising for the past 12 months to enable them to attend.

“Thank you to the local businesses and the community who have supported us,” Ms Bates said. 

Most activities are on-site, such as learning about camping, archery, the environment and indigenous heritage, and on Wednesday and Thursday the off-site adventures take place.

These include:

* Bridge Climb Sydney –Tuesday, October 2, from noon

* Palm Beach to Manly – sand and surf; Marine and quarantine; and sand & surf – Manly and Northern Beaches – Thursday, October 4, 10.30am-12.30pm around Manly and surf lessons 1pm-2.30pm

* Home and Away – tour of Palm Beach and afternoon in Manly – Wednesday, October 3, from 10.30am

* Canoeing and kayaking – Berowra – Wednesday and Thursday, October 3 and 4, from 9am

* Fun in the Forest, Berowra Waters – Wednesday and Thursday, October 3 and 4, from 10am

* Canyoning in the Blue Mountains; Mountain expedition; Horse riding in Megalong Valley and Blue Mountains Scenic Railway – Blue Mountains – Wednesday, October 3

* Caving expedition Bungonia National Park Southern Highlands – Wednesday, October 3, 9am-5pm 

* City expedition and Calling All Escape Artists, Sydney – Wednesday and Thursday, October 3 and 4, from 9am

* Flying expedition at Bankstown Airport – Bankstown – Wednesday, October 3, from 8.30am 

* White Water Adventure – Penrith – Thursday, October 4, from 11.30am

* Zoo Snooze; Behind the Scenes at Taronga Zoo; and High Ropes and Hippos –  Mosman – Wednesday and Thursday, October 3 and 4, from 5.30pm to the next day

* Take the Jamboree to Jambaroo Action Park – Jambaroo – Thursday, October 4, from 10.30am-4pm

* Cycling and archery Olympic Park and Cycle and Circus – Homebush – Thursday, October 4, from 10am