In August 2014 a group of 12 members of Girlguiding Midlands visited the Volgograd region of Russia to deliver, jointly with the Russian Girl Scouts, a camp for children including Russian Girl Scouts and children from a local orphanage.

According to group member Katie, the 22 and a ½ hour train journey overnight from Moscow to Volograd was “better than we expected!” 

The campsite in Volograd was unlike any campsite the group had ever stayed on in the UK- it was little grass, mostly dust, and extremely hot, providing some challenging camping conditions.

The theme of the camp was ‘Space’ which gave lots of scope for exciting activities. Planning the camp programme had been divided between the Russian leaders and the Girlguiding Midlands team, so there was lots of variety and plenty of opportunity for everyone to learn from each other. Some activities were very different to what the group were used to in the UK but others were very similar.

One day of the camp looked at culture (that of Russia, the UK and alien!) and involved playing British games such as cricket, drinking fake Pimms, eating haggis and wearing masks of the Royal family! William and Kate were particularly popular.

The group also had some time for sightseeing in Moscow, Volgograd and St Petersburg. Sights included the St Basils Cathedral, the Kremlin and the souvenir market. None of the group had visited St Petersburg before. They found themselves completely in awe of the size and beauty of the Winter Palace and wandered round the Church of the Saviour on Spilled blood which was just as incredible inside as it was outside.