Around the World in 48 was the theme for
this years Pack Holiday. On arrival the girls were handed
boarding cards for flight BPH 0405 and asked to find their seats (bed
space). Twenty minutes after checking in we said bon voyage to
our parents and Pack Holiday was ready to begin.
The girls were split
into three groups - we had Italy, France and Holland. The leaders
were named after animals - Platypus, Kangaroo and Koala. We had
two extra helpers staying on Friday night and they were Parrot and
Giraffe. Penguin paid a visit for the day on Saturday and when
Parrot and Giraffe needed to go home, Tiger and Zebra took over.
Pelican came for the day on Sunday.
We started off by having a tour of the house - all of the rooms had
been named after international land marks. We visited the Taj
Mahal to see where Koala would give us our medications and look after
us if we felt poorly. We were sleeping at Table Mountain and The
Great Wall of China was where we would eat our meals.
We then went to the London Eye which would be the craft area for the
weekend and made our Brownie diary - it was a passport and we had to
find out details of all the different countries we would be visiting.
We then went back ino our rooms to unpack our bags, find our pyjamas
and get ready for our bed time drink. Hot chocolate with a
difference all round - YUM YUM. Kangaroo had a nice
surprise for us - we were making our own hot chocolate - a mug of hot
milk and a chunk of chocolate on a stick which we needed to melt in the
milk. It was then time to snuggle into our sleeping bags - but no
mention of sleep ...
Saturday morning saw
us all up bright and early (5.30am to be exact). So that we
didn't make too much noise, Platypus decided that we should get up and
make one of our craft activities, so at 6 in the morning we started to
make our Loch Ness Monsters which included glue, glitter and
stickers... Not bad after just 4 1/2 hours sleep!
Being on pack holiday is about living together - we helped to cook
breakfast, washed up afterwards, cleaned the bathrooms, wiped down
tables and worked together in our groups.
Over the weekend we
visited Scotland where we made Loch Ness Monsters, South Africa where
we painted a jungle windcharm, Japan where we painted a Koisha Doll,
Russia where we made a Russian Doll, Egypt where we made an insect
magnet and Australia where we decorated a 3D animal.
Kangaroo cooked some very nice meals, we had sandwiches, croissants,
roast turkey, spaghetti bolognaise and lots lots
On Sunday morning the sun shone for the
first time and we were able to go out and play on the climbing boulder
and got some games out of the cabin. It was nice to be out in the
All too soon it was 3 o'clock on Sunday
afternoon and time to go home. Lots of cuddles from mum and dad
as each brownie was collected.
AOver 300 photographs were taken over the
weekend - some of them are not printable - I'm sure you don't want a
picture of the floor! Hopefully the selection included on this
page will give you an indication of how much fun our weekend away
was. Now to start planning the next one.
If you would like to see some of the photo's which the girls took of
themselves please click here!