This weekend we girls were able to cross our first item off of our Summer Bucket List; we participated in Operation Olave!
For those not in the know, Op Olave is an annual challenge that Girl Guides and Pathfinders from across the province (and PEI) are invited to participate in. Girls form teams of 3-4 and move throughout a large park doing challenges. They are assessed on how well they actually perform the challenges, how well they work together as a team, whether or not they are prepared (Guide hats a must!), how cheerful they are, whether or not they ask permission to enter and leave each challenge, and a number of other factors. They lose points for arguing, for having their patrol hovering (these challenges are to be done independently only!) and other things that remain a bit of a mystery to those of us not actively involved in the scoring.
Mostly they get to run around from 7:30PM-2AM and have a LOT of fun!
This year there was a lot of back and forth about whether or not we were even going, as the forecast was for crazy amounts of wind and rain and even possible flooding in low lying areas (like our campground). Yikes! The organizers managed to move us indoors to an arena though and we had the BEST time. Seriously, I love the outdoor challenge but as a Guider, who mostly gets to stand around all night freezing, this was HEAVEN.
We were supposed to have a team of 4, but in all the are we going or aren't we confusion we lost one (Missed you Abby!). They still worked really well together! I didn't take a lot of photos because they dimmed the lights in the arena to simulate how the hike takes place in the dark. I really needed my flash to get anything and I didn't want to risk the girls losing points because their Guider was following them around snapping pics all night. The girls had a GREAT time though and there was lots of laughter. They still had to do a small hike outside to get to a second building for one of their challenges, and the wind was cold and the rain was pounding and we were really, REALLY glad everything had been moved indoors.
At the morning breakfast and awards ceremony we applauded the few girls who actually set up tents and camped in the rain (crazies!) and everyone who participated. Then the awards started and our team placed 3rd! So proud of these girls!