THREE Hawkesbury girl guides have recently returned from a jam-packed week at the Sydney Jamboree 2018 - a get-together of 1,500 girl guides, leaders and volunteers from around NSW and the world.
Christine Smallwood, district manager for Richmond and Windsor Girl Guides, said the girls - Locals Zoe Brison-Schroeder (14), Paige Nash (12) and Natalie Stevenson (11) - spent the week camping in bell tents with their peers on the grounds of Newington Armory in Sydney.
Girl guides from every state in Australia attended, as well as delegates from New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Scotland and USA.
“Our girls fund raised for over 12 months, selling chocolates, holding a raffle, a garage sale, return and earn, and doing extra chores to earn money [to attend],” said Ms Smallwood.
“They each received a donation from the Hawkesbury Trefoil Guild and were supported by the Greater Rivers Region team.”
Paige and Zoe attended Bankstown Airport for their adventure day and went on a flight over the campground and the city.
Natalie attended her adventure day at Olympic Park and did archery and bike riding.
“They had great weather for the first four days. Had torrential rain on Thursday 6th and Friday 7th, but that didn’t stop them having fun,” said Ms Smallwood.
“The girls made lots of new friends and learnt many new skills.”
The Girl Guides Jamboree is held every three years. While the organisers are yet to announce the location of the next Jamboree, all three Hawkesbury girls said they were keen to attend, wherever it may be.