For Maria, 13, being a Guide is a no-brainer.
“It’s really fun and you can meet new friends – and I always love camping!”
Maria got to take her love of camping to the next level when she and her Guide unit went to Girlguiding Scotland’s first ever festival-style camp, G in the Park, this summer.
The showbiz-themed event in Ayrshire included workshops on everything from dancing to stage make-up, with live music from bands like Rewind, Only The Young, M.O and Model Aeroplanes.
“I’ve been to a few camps but this was the longest I’ve slept under canvas – it was really good food and music.
“It was a bit rainy but that made it like a proper festival! There were loads of different bands and I squeezed my way to the front so I was quite close.
“I did loads of activities like a cheerleading class where we learnt to make a people pyramid and made up a dance routine.
“Our unit also won the camp flag competition – our design was really neon!
“We got to meet Rewind as my prize and I got my t-shirt signed. I was just sitting there and they all walked in and my friend asked them loads of questions!”
Maria, a Patrol leader with 1st Lochinch Guides, says she’s learnt loads from going on camps.
“At Patrol leader camp we did loads of team building activities like making a bridge from straws and learning how to be organised, which I am a little bit better at now.”
So what does being a Patrol Leader – leading a group of Guides within a unit – involve?
“I help my Patrol work together and work on badges.
“There’s a lot of my friends in my Patrol so we just have a laugh together.”
What would Maria tell someone who was thinking about being a Guide?
“I would tell them to do it because there are always good opportunities, you make more friends and you get to go away and have new experiences!”