Girl Guides take on the challenge at the county camp in Ripon

NARG 1508082AM9 Guides at Ripon Racecourse. Guides with guests The Mayoress of Harrogate Lynn Simms, The  Mayor of Harrogate Nigel Simms, The Mayor of Ripon Pauline McHardy, The Mayor of Ripon's assistant Geoff Johnson, The Mayor of Knaresborogh  Andrew Willoughby and The Mayoress of Knaresborough  Christine Willoughby.(1508082AM9)
NARG 1508082AM9 Guides at Ripon Racecourse. Guides with guests The Mayoress of Harrogate Lynn Simms, The Mayor of Harrogate Nigel Simms, The Mayor of Ripon Pauline McHardy, The Mayor of Ripon's assistant Geoff Johnson, The Mayor of Knaresborogh Andrew Willoughby and The Mayoress of Knaresborough Christine Willoughby.(1508082AM9)

Guides and Brownies enjoyed the summer fun at their annual camp at Ripon Racecourse this week.

Over 150 Guides and 35 Brownies, along with 60 leaders, from as far as Settle and Masham to Knaresborough and Harrogate, attended the six-day event and took part in a variety of activities.

NARG 1508082AM1 Guides at Ripon Racecourse. Phoebe Whitbread(11), Chloe Barker(12), Sarah Patchett(11) and Jess Fryatt(12) (1508082AM1)

NARG 1508082AM1 Guides at Ripon Racecourse. Phoebe Whitbread(11), Chloe Barker(12), Sarah Patchett(11) and Jess Fryatt(12) (1508082AM1)

Leader of the 28 Harrogate Guides and camp spokesman Jean Tennant said: “We have had a fantastic week and we have been so lucky with the weather.

“The girls have done a wide variety of activities from archery to bush craft to willow weaving and water-based activities.”

Jean added that one of the highlights included a Bush Tucker challenge where Guides were put to a blind taste challenge.

“It was nothing as bad as the TV show but we had one test where they thought they were told it was a cockroach but it was a date filled with sherbert. There were prizes for the winners.”

NARG 1508082AM7 Guides at Ripon Racecourse. Guides Kate, Katie, Emily and Megan. make it across a bridge in one of the competitons.  (1508082AM7)

NARG 1508082AM7 Guides at Ripon Racecourse. Guides Kate, Katie, Emily and Megan. make it across a bridge in one of the competitons. (1508082AM7)

Other highlights of the week included live bands Ripon-placed Pandamonium and Cynical Sounds, from Boroughbridge, performing.

The leaders did not miss out on the fun and were challenged to a bellboat test on the water.

And dignitaries from the area attended the open day last Saturday including The Mayoress of Harrogate Lynn Simms, the Mayor of Harrogate Coun Nigel Simms, The Mayor of Ripon Pauline McHardy, The Mayor of Ripon’s assistant Geoff Johnson, The Mayor of Knaresborough Andrew Willoughby and The Mayoress of Knaresborough Christine Willoughby.

Jean added: “The mayor and mayoress of Knaresborough stayed all day and it was just lovely to see them walking around and talking with the girls.”

NARG 1508082AM4 Guides at Ripon Racecourse. Guides with their butterflies and parrots. (1508082AM4)

NARG 1508082AM4 Guides at Ripon Racecourse. Guides with their butterflies and parrots. (1508082AM4)

She added: “Hopefully the camp will have given the girls the confidence to push themselves to do something they thought they couldn’t.

“And it has helped them to make new friends from further afield.”

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NARG 1508082AM3 Guides at Ripon Racecourse. Guides young at not so young with a lion.  (1508082AM3)

NARG 1508082AM3 Guides at Ripon Racecourse. Guides young at not so young with a lion. (1508082AM3)