The Brownies’ Centenary – the party goes on…

Scary or what? Brownies with their grass-sledging mitts
Scary or what? Brownies with their grass-sledging mitts

Stone Brownies continued their 100th birthday celebrations with a day of Brownie Revels at Maer’s Girlguiding Harrison Campsite this summer. Nearly 100 Brownies and Leaders from Stone and Eccleshall enjoyed a fun-packed day of activities: including a blindfold trail through the woods, playing on a huge adventure playground, making of an elephant out of recycled materials and the fast and furious skill of grass sledging.

Sister Sledge: Mayor Cathy Collier takes to the skids
Sister Sledge: Mayor Cathy Collier takes to the skids

Having opened the festivities, Stone Mayor Cllr Cathy Collier (also Stone’s District Commissioner for Girlguiding) was surprised to find a helmet being clamped on her head, boxing gloves being put on her hands and herself being thrust into a sledge by six Brownies!

 Give her the push: Brownies give one of their number a speedy send-off
Give her the push: Brownies give one of their number a speedy send-off

   “I got to push both the Mayor and our Brown Owl down the slope but the Mayor went furthest,” said Rio Whittall, a Brownie with 2nd Stone Brownies.  “They were determined I was going to go a long, long way,” Mayor Cathy reported, ”but fortunately both the Mayoral Chain and I survived the experience!”

The elephant trail: The Brownies laid a trail round the campsite using elephants they had made out of used milk cartons and recycled materials
The elephant trail: The Brownies laid a trail round the campsite using elephants they had made out of used milk cartons and recycled materials

The day ended with a rousing campfire and with Stone and Eccleshall Division Commissioner Sheila Slaney deeming the event a huge success.

“It’s a sight to behold to see so many girls having such fun with all the different activities,” she said.

For further information about joining the Brownie Movement which is open to girls from age 5 or for volunteering with Girlguiding please log onto www.girlguiding.org.uk and follow the link ‘register your interest’.  Alternatively, ring Sheila Slaney for more information on 01785 85166.