>> Monday, February 22, 2016
I was initially disappointed in the 'decoration' by Guiding, it was not evident that we were celebrating the centenary, no banners or balloons, no big 100 signs. In fact the only 100 evidence I saw all day was the obligatory girls in the number 100 shape photo.
This was a mixed aged event so Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section girls could go. This is what put my unit off from attending. To a certain extent I agreed with them.
There were 3700 girls on the Saturday (when I went) and 2700 on the Sunday.
The activities were in zones related to the Senior Section octants and the activities in each zone reflected that.
Some were simple 'me in mind' sort of activities, there was a lot of crafty/glittery tables that were filled by Rainbows, but there were a lot of more interesting things too and things to try out. There was also an area specifically for Senior Section only that I am assured had interesting activities. The security staff would not allow me to go see them though, I was unimpressed by that.
So I appeased myself with watching the activities in the main area,
But mostly I felt this was a multi-sectional event with little emphasis on the centenary itself.
But all the girls there seemed engaged and happy. And it's their opinion that matters not mine.
As it was winding down and we were preparing to leave, I stopped a couple of 'random' Rangers who weren't with any leaders at the time. I explained I was a ranger leader, that I had nothing to do with organising of the event and I didn't know their leaders so their truly honest answer was safe. I asked them what they thought of the day and if it was value for money? They said: