Canal and River Trust Activity Day
Contributed by Emma James
On Saturday 22nd October 120 Rainbows and Brownies from units across the County came together for an activity day based on the recently launched Canal and River Trust Explorers badge. The day was run by members of the County Creative Team (and friends!) plus some willing volunteers from the Canal and River Trust.
First up was a water safety session, essential before heading off to the canal side so conveniently located to Trefoil House. Once at the canal, girls found out about canal history and life with a tour of CRT’s Heritage boat, a restored working narrowboat which used to transport goods all over the country’s canal network. They also got to understand how the locks worked and finally had a visit to our very own narrowboat -Tuptonia- which had come up to visit for the day.
Back at Trefoil House there was the chance to make your very own narrowboat out of a toothpaste tube box – the finished article was very impressive. Girls found out about what to feed ducks and make up there own duck feed bag. There was traditional painting of rose patterns onto wooden kitchen utensils which also looked very professional and finally there were some old time games that the canal children would have played.
All in all a very successful and enjoyable sell out day. Units can complete the badge themselves (download it here) or if there is sufficient interest we may look to run a further day in the future for those who missed out on places this time.
Photo credits: Canal & River Explorers, the education team of the Canal & River Trust