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To be a teeny bit shocked at GirlGuide Camp Activities?

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Babyroobs Sun 29-May-16 12:52:47

Ten year old DD is going on a week long Girl Guiding camp this summer. Amongst the activities we need to choose / consent to are Axe throwing and Pidgeon gutting !! Is this usual ?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 29-May-16 12:55:35

That's sounds awesome! I thought you were going to say they were going to be learning to sew and iron!

curren Sun 29-May-16 12:56:06

I do axe and knife throwing? What's wrong it? No different to archery?

Gutting animals is not my bag and I have never been part of guides. But I don't have an issue with it.

WorraLiberty Sun 29-May-16 12:56:51

I have no idea but it sounds like fun grin

Is the idea to throw the axe at the pigeon and gut it in midair?

BrokenBananaTantrum Sun 29-May-16 12:57:08

My 10 yo DD is at Cub Camp at the moment and activities range from air rifle shooting, archery, axe throwing and caving to hot tubs! Don't thonk the activities are unusual.

Babyroobs Sun 29-May-16 12:57:43

DD not keen on the Pidgeon gutting, but I think I may be able to pursuade her to try the Axe throwing, to be honest i would quite like a go at that myself.

BrokenBananaTantrum Sun 29-May-16 12:57:44


Babyroobs Sun 29-May-16 12:58:21

Worra - Now that does sound like fun !!

GreenTomatoJam Sun 29-May-16 13:00:24

Well, we did rabbits and air rifles, so sounds pretty normal, if a bit less country to me.

topcat2014 Sun 29-May-16 13:00:37

DD does cubs, and they cover a range of things. Her first camp with them is this summer. I expect firelighting, canoeing, climbing, abseiling.

Not sure about gutting pigeons.

Beavers was a bit more rural (in Glos), and not uncommon to see someone with a couple of dead rabbits etc. A lot of the kids had farming connections. We don't, however.

silverpenny Sun 29-May-16 13:01:42

Sounds good. Has been many complaints about guides not doing adventurous stuff like scouts in the past so sounds like your dd is in a good group.

TwoLeftSocks Sun 29-May-16 13:09:43

I know our scouts had to gut and cook mackerel and there was talk of rabbit so pigeon sounds reasonable. Axe throwing sounds ace!

TwoLeftSocks Sun 29-May-16 13:10:27

Most we got to do at guides was whittle a spoon and play hide and seek on the woods.

Gatekeeper Sun 29-May-16 13:11:45

Bloody brilliant, I would have loved this as a young un and dd would have excelled

Babyroobs Sun 29-May-16 13:11:57

Times have certainly chnaged ! It is amazing that they can offer such a wide range of activities on these camps. The leaders are amazing.

gleegeek Sun 29-May-16 13:12:58

Crikey I wish my dd's guides would do stuff like that. They're currently doing the 'passion for fashion' badge which dd is very cross about! sad

gleegeek Sun 29-May-16 13:15:02

Oh and no camping at all as the leaders don't have their nights away badgesad I have offered to help BTW, but apparently they've got enough help (before anyone suggests I shouldn't be complaining as they're all volunteers!)

Bluetrews25 Sun 29-May-16 13:17:13

You don't need to gut a pigeon! The only good bits to eat are the breast (considered a gourmet treat, these days, honestly), you only need to get them off and bin the rest of it.
Now if they could teach them to spatchcock a bird, that would be well worth knowing. The bird then cooks in half the time, and this was my proudest kitchen skill achievement!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 29-May-16 13:18:43

They're currently doing the 'passion for fashion' badge


missmoffatt2705 Sun 29-May-16 13:19:50

My son has been to scout camp where gutting a fish and skinning a rabbit were on offer. Perfectly normal camp activities which will be expertly supervised.Going to camp is about learning new skills, independence from mum and dad, getting back to nature.

youarenotkiddingme Sun 29-May-16 13:26:23

Sounds great!

I went to a really good girl guides when I lived in the city, we did a cook out on tins with candles and had to find somewhere interesting to do it - we did it at the top of the fire station active tower!

I then moved to a village and the guides was more a "passion for fashion" type with boring rule constricted games. I lasted 7 months.

RedToothBrush Sun 29-May-16 13:30:14

Yes its normal. Well, for groups trying to be interesting. They are trying to push boundaries

Don't worry, there is a health and safety assessment!

Nataleejah Sun 29-May-16 13:34:22

Pidgeon seems gross, but axe throwing bloody awesome

BertrandRussell Sun 29-May-16 13:37:34

My ds learned how to skin, gut, joint and cook a rabbit at scouts.

So long as it's not compulsory, i can't see the problem.

aprilanne Sun 29-May-16 13:40:14

god i wish they had that in the 80,s .we did sewing /craft /even hostess badge all very lady like .its sounds fab especially the axe throwing

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