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ICE 2017

Becky Patten (leader) and Eleanor Roberts (Guide in Sale) went on Girlguiding North West England's first ICE project in August 2017. International Community Experience (ICE) is for Guides aged 11-13 (at time of international travel). Guides from across the Region complete a community action project within the UK and are then given the option to book onto an International Adventure where community action should be prevalent.

Becky said "As a leader, this trip had a massive impact on me. Before I went to Finland, I had only taken girls to sleepovers or weekend camps. I gained a lot of confidence and learnt that it's OK to be flexible and change your plans, as well as how to budget effectively and create an adventure that's excellent value for money. We also had the honour of helping 18 young people to grow, make friends and create memories that will stay with them forever. It's something we're really proud of."

We went for six days, three in Helsinki, where our hostel was on Suomenlinna Island, so that was exciting for the girls to get a ferry to and from the city and the sightseeing that we did was planned by the guides at our briefing weekend. We geocached, ate traditional food, used as many modes of transport as possible and enjoyed a cultural experience.

We then spent three days in Nuuksio National Park at a Scout Cottage with Partio Scouts. We completed a community action project with the Park Rangers which was to dismantle and clean up the illegal fires that were happening in the national park. We then experienced a Partio Scout camp (which included a drop toilet) and swam in a lake and went to a traditional sauna! The girls even got the opportunity to chop wood to heat the sauna!

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