SHARJAH, -- The highly popular Sharjah Girl Guides Spring Camps 2017 have successfully come to an end after entertaining, educating and encouraging over 100 Sharjah Girl Guides, SGG, and Brownies over the course of five days, reinforcing SGG's ongoing aims to help its members adapt and adopt new personal, social and community skills.

The camps and other programmes, which took place from 26th to 30th March at various locations around Sharjah, combined a full range of activities where guides, aged 12 to 15 years, and brownies, aged 7 to 11 years, filled their spring break with a host of new experiences, from film-making to yoga and etiquette to aquariums.

Shaikha Al Shamsi, Assistant Director at SGG, believes the spring camps and programmes are a constructive way for the girls to enjoy their free time while developing confidence, teamwork and leadership talents.

"The girls engage with each other and try out new interests, but there can be much more profound results from the time they spend at camp. We often see the guides and brownies grow as girls and young women and recognise that they are gaining a sense of independence, innovation and initiative," she said.

Among several activities, the older girls were encouraged to try "The Happy Box � Be Yourself" for a self-development badge. The programme is a holistic happiness workshop designed to incorporate meditation, mindfulness art, nutrition, photography, storytelling and self-reflection. In keeping with the SGG's mantra of social responsibility, each participant received a "happy box" containing all the material they would need throughout the five-day workshop. The boxes were then re-filled by the guides and donated to a charity of their choice.

"This was an excellent exercise for the girls in terms of helping them to develop their skills and interests while helping others in need," said Shaikha Al Shamsi.

Source: Emirates News Agency