Awesome adventures at F14ME
29 April 2014
Awesome adventures and the opportunity to learn new skills sums up F14ME, GirlGuiding New Zealand's Ranger Event based in Auckland, New Zealand from 4 – 11 January 2014.
For the first few days over 370 Rangers, aged from 13 to 18 years, and 120 leaders and volunteers were under canvas at Wesley College in Pukekohe. The New Zealand girls were joined by Rangers from as far away as Ireland, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Fiji, the Philippines and the Cook Islands.
The event programme gave the girls the opportunity to extend themselves through new experiences and adventures, to have fun, learn leadership skills and contribute to the local community.
|We encourage them to take the next step and try new activities that they wouldn’t normally do. The girls grow and learn from these experiences. They test their abilities, learn about working cooperatively and have the opportunity to interact with girls their age from overseas|
says Rhonda Gray, Volunteer Chair of the FLAME Organising Committee, GirlGuiding New Zealand.
The organisers ensured that there was a huge range of both on-site and off-site activities and challenges to test the Rangers’ teamwork and develop their confidence as young women. Because of the girls’ ages the off-site activities were run by outside providers while the leaders’ role was to ensure they were safe and to provide support and encouragement.
“They get to think outside the square and explore the possibility that they can do anything,” says Rhonda.
The girls had an amazing range of opportunities to challenge themselves with outdoor activities including white water rafting, caving, horse riding and snorkelling.
Before starting their off-site adventures, all the Rangers spent time under canvas at Wesley College having fun at a talent quest, disco, as well as confidence building and team work activities. A range of inspirational speakers spoke at a leadership development workshop aimed at opening their eyes to opportunities and broadening their horizons.
A highlight for many was an English woman who had dreamed since she was 10 years old of being an astronaut. Lisa Peacock, who was in New Zealand on holiday, is now an engineer who works on the probes that are part of the spaceships landing on the moon.
Women’s Refuge held a session about helping girls to protect themselves through their nationwide Shero programme.
“They tried self defence moves and learnt about confidence building and not having to put up with any problems they may be having in a relationship,” says Rhonda.
Try It Tuesday saw the girls trying something new on-site including archery, orienteering, boxing or circus skills which was all about juggling, acrobalancing, unicycling and hula hooping..
“The opportunity to participate in outdoor activities and adventures is one of the many reasons why members enjoy being part of Guiding,” says Rhonda Gray.
Thanks must of course go to the hard-working organising committee of volunteers. “Successful events such as F14ME are an absolute tribute to their dedication and skill and would not happen without their wonderful support.”
For more information about F14ME visit GirlGuiding NZ’s website at www.girlguidingnz.org.nz check GirlGuiding NZ’s Facebook page.
These were just some of the activities and adventures that were offered during F14ME:
- Barista training
- Belly dancing
- Circus skills
- Clay pigeon shooting
- Laser skirmish
- Medicinal herbs and massage
- Self defence
- Style workshops
- Survival skills
- Yogalates, Zumba and Laughter Yoga
The three day outdoor adventures were held from Matamata in the south to Goat Island in the North including visits to Kawau and Goat Islands, Hobbiton, Auckland Zoo, Parakai Springs, Voyager Museum, Waiwera Thermal Resort, Te Hana Te Ao Marama, Miranda Hot Springs and the following activities:
- Auckland Harbour Bridge climb
- Black water rafting
- Creating desserts
- Four wheel driving
- Hire wires
- Horse riding
- Jet boating
- Laser tag
- Mountain biking
- Mud slide
- Raft building