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42 girls from 4th and 2nd Wantage Guides spent a week camping near Thatcham over their summer holiday.

The camp’s theme tied in with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Starting with the 1950s, when the Queen was crowned, each day over the camp celebrated a different decade with activities and food connected to the relevant period.

Wantage Guides Summer Camp

The girls were able to enjoy a wide range of food including Spam, black forest gateau, spotted dick and fast food.

A trip on the Kennet and Avon canal was taken during the 1980s to reflect the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana and their trip on the royal yacht Britannia! A street party with tea was enjoyed to mirror the events of 1977 and the Silver Jubilee.

Every guide camp has to have a tuck shop, but this week was special with different sweets brought in daily according to the decade.

The week’s culmination was a Royal Variety Performance. The Queen, together with the Duchess of Cornwall and Zara Phillips, occupied the royal box to watch the various entertainments. The girls stood up to sing God Save the Queen and curtsied to their monarch.

President of Wantage District, May Coates, who also doubled as the Queen, said:
‘It was wonderful to be able to be part of this wonderful celebration in this fantastic year. The girls really got into the spirit. It was fantastic to have to opportunity to celebrate such a special occasion.’