Written by Bethan Rees, Senior Section Young Leader for 1st Pennyburn Rainbows

On Sunday 17th April, a group of 18 Guides and Senior Section girls took part in an activity day at Castle Semple organised by Charlotte Main. The weather was typical for April (that is, cold, wet and windy), but everyone was excited as we tugged on our wetsuits, buoyancy aids and helmets.

Our instructors, Neil, Lewis and Andrew soon had us out on the water in either two-person canoes or a large double canoe. Everyone had fun learning how to paddle up and down the loch. The groups swapped over later on in the morning so everyone got to experience both types of canoe. Some of us also got to experience how cold the loch was!

After lunch at the Visitor Centre, we all played games to warm back up before the afternoon activity; kayaking!

The single and double kayaks were well-liked by most as we raced round the loch, playing games as we went. The most memorable, perhaps, was the mad scramble of collect-the-ball. Back to the shore at the end to dry off, put on every bit of clothing available and have a warm juiceā€¦ somehow, it reminds me of camping!

Thanks to everyone at Castle Semple Visitor Centre in Lochwinnoch who made our activity possible and all of the leaders who helped organise and supervise us throughout the rain, cloud, cold and hypothermia on the day!

Thanks to Ashley Smith for the photos.

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