Volunteer’s action-packed trip to States helps guides on exploration

Gill Lake from Bedford at Yosemite National Park.
Gill Lake from Bedford at Yosemite National Park.

A Girlguiding volunteer from Brickhill has just returned from leading an unforgettable adventure in the USA.

Gill Lake, 57, a leader with 3rd Brickhill Guides and 1st Putnoe Rainbows, embarked on an action-packed schedule of activities taking 12 girls on a once-in-a-life trip.

Gill Lake from Bedford at Yosemite National Park.

Gill Lake from Bedford at Yosemite National Park.

She had the oppoortunity to visit the famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, attend an international camp with Girl Scouts from the USA, and hiked through the Yosemite National Park, taking in the breath-taking scenery and spotting the iconic redwood trees.

Gill said: “I had a fabulous time exploring California, and it was so satisfying to help the girls experience all these amazing opportunities.

“My most memorable event was trying Zumba for the first time with the girls at the camp – it was about 100 degrees but the frozen yoghurt at the end made it worthwhile!”

Before jetting off, Gill had spent six months fundraising for her trip by hosting a Rainbow sleepover, selling badges and organising a girl-only disco for Girlguiding members.

The trip took was part of Girlguiding Anglia’s International Opportunities programme (INTOPS) which offers international adventures to around 50 young women aged 14 to 25 each year.

Every year, Girlguiding sends hundreds of young women on international trips across the globe – helping them to take part in vital community development work, explore new cultures and develop their sense of adventure.

To find out more about Girlguiding visit www.girlguiding.org.uk