As 2019 nears its end, the 1st Fish Hoek Girl Guides took time to reflect on the final quarter of the year in the life of a young explorer.The last part of the year, according to adult guide Yvette Stephens, was focused on teaching the girls about navigation and how to best make use of learning opportunities.“We focused on map reading and hike preparation. Six girls were doing their map reading badge requirements, while the others were doing the general map reading course. This was also rounded out by actual practical mapping experience on a company hike at Cape Point during the City’s free-access week,” Yvette says.It was a learning curve for both the guides and the adult guides who, according to Yvette, took a wrong turn during their hike, “which was a perfect learning opportunity”.She says they encourage parents to join them on the hikes. In so doing, it was found that one of the dads had good mapping experience and was able to be their map reading tester. For their company service project, the girl guides cleaned the False Bay Emergency Volunteers Service base. Yvette adds: “The girls also cleaned up their ambulance and tested the siren to make sure it works! The girls loved this – and the ambulance is very clean! They fixed their cupboard door (the practical application of our teaching is learning how to tighten screws and how to rewire a plug). Seeing others also delivering service to the community is a great inspiration.”Girl guide Megan says going on the Outeniqua camp was an “exciting, rainy and ‘in-tents’ adventure” for her. She adds: “I managed to survive the ice-cold nights by looking forward to the awesome day ahead which included an enjoyable quilling craft, defeating the tough obstacle course and getting lost in a large maze! But what was by far the best for me was the full-day hike in the drizzle!”This adventure afforded the guides the opportunity to visit the Cango Caves, the Cango Wildlife Ranch and an ostrich farm. “A memorable five nights, but I am glad to be home,” Megan says. V For more information on the 1st Fish Hoek Girl Guides, follow them on Facebook.