This past weekend my Guide unit went to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls for an overnight adventure! We were told we couldn't officially get our rooms until 4:00pm; but, if we got there around 1:00 we could check our bags and get into the waterpark while we waited...so that's what we did.
Sharon, my co-leader, and I planned to arrive around noon. We figured that if everyone had the same idea to get there at 1:00, it could be quite a while before the girls actually got to the fun. As it turns out, there wasn't much of a lineup when we got there at noon and they even let us check in a bit early. So we were in the waterpark by 1:00 and ready to have fun!
It seems like everyone had been to GWL before, except me. I excitedly tried to take it all in. The lobby was fantastic with a very modern rustic feel. The talking tree and animals were a tad disturbing; but, I'm sure younger kids just adore them.
Around 4:00, we gathered the girls and finally got our rooms. We had brought dinner with us: pizza, carrots & dip and juice. We ate then went back down for some more water fun before campfire. Since there were many Guiding groups participating, the organizing unit hosted a campfire for everyone on Saturday night. It was an informal event with each unit leading their chosen song(s). Lots of laughs ensued. Girls then had a snack of milk and cookies, got to do some swaps if they had them and just hang out with the other girls. By 10:30, they were complaining they were tired and we headed back to the rooms. It turns out, they weren't really tired at all and we had some snacks while watching a movie on ABC Family. Girls pulled pranks on each other, causing fits of laughter, and we got a noise warning from security...oops. We had the girls to sleep by about 2:00am, not horrible for a Guiding event.
We were awake by 8:00, fed and back at the waterpark by 9:00, when it opened. We had a couple hours of fun before we had to say good-bye to Great Wolf Lodge; but, the girls are already asking to do it again next year!