International Community Experience (ICE)

International Community Experience (ICE) is for Guides aged 11-13

The purpose of an ICE weekend/trip is to give girls a taste of community action, increase their global awareness and prepare them for international experiences. ICE weekends present a chance for the girls to learn what community action involves, and to explore different communities by talking to local people and getting involved with community links.

ICE covers all of the six themes and is open access. The girls can sign up for Part 1: a weekend in the UK which also includes a small amount of community service; after completing this they are invited to sign up for Part 2. Part 2 involves a trip of five days duration during which the girls will complete some community service and find out a bit about the culture of the country they are visiting.

The Part 1 can count towards the Baden-Powell Challenge Award as the girls are meeting new people and being challenged. This project is aimed at encouraging the girls to apply for international selection within their counties and during ICE they learn about what is required to undertake an international trip.

Click on the links below to find out details of our ICE weekends for 2019!

ICE Week one, 3 – 5 May 2019

ICE Week two, 7 – 9 June 2019

This is what Olivia told us about her experience of an ICE trip:

‘My ICE experience was amazing. We took part in zip wiring and caving at Netherurd which was a good opportunity to build on our team work and friendships.

If another trip came within my reach, I would definitely go on another one of these trips. They are so brilliant. I will be sure never to forget this trip.

In the future, I would love to go abroad to help people and go to the 2019 World Jamboree in America. I love the idea of all the Guides in the world coming together and not only that, we might see our other friends as well as make new ones. When I grow up, my dream is to race in the Iditarod which is a husky sled race in Alaska and I think going on this trip has helped me cope well on aeroplanes which means so much to me.’