Auchterarder Brownies Have Had A Busy Year


This Last year has been a busy one for 1st Auchterarder Brownies as always.

In July we went to Newbigging Outdoor centre for a 2-night Brownie Holiday with a Harry Potter theme. Where the girls played quidditch, made wands, found treasure, had a campfire, sang songs, toasted marshmallows and drank hot chocolate. They Were visited by Harry Potter and Hagrid and Professor Snape as well as animals/reptiles from Edinburgh Butterfly World. We all add great fun holding the snake and hissing cockroaches.

Then in August we went to the Scottish Girlguiding event at Glamis Castle as part of The Rise to the Challenge where we took part in many exciting activities including glass sledging, bouncy castles, fair ground rides, climbing, wood cutting, silent disco, hoola hooping, cheer leading, drumming, zorbing and of course visited the Guiding shop. This was the 3 part of the Challenge which we had been working on for the past couple of months. We also in the meeting gained our First aid badge and Road Safety Badge.

In September we visited Willowgate outdoor centre again and took part in Challenge Willowgate where we performed first aid and built a shelter for a casualty lit a fire and toasted marshmallows & made bread, crossed a crocodile/shark infested swamp in teams making sure no one got eaten (all properly risk assessed of course). Climbed through a spider’s web, took part in Archery and an assault course, and tried many more exciting challenges some involving girls getting wet.

In October we went on a two-night Brownie Holiday to Netherurd House Girlguiding Scotland’s Activity Centre near Peebles. The girls took part in fencing, low ropes, Zorbs, Challenge Netherurd, made boats, went on a nature walk, made fires in colanders and of course toasted marshmallows. Went Geocaching made and painted Unicorns. Ate lovely food prepared by Netherurd Staff. And slept in lovely accommodation (like a hotel).

In November we helped serve at the Parish Church Coffee Morning and achieved our Hostess Badges. We also achieved our World Issues Badge in the meeting. We also went Carol Singing at the Auchterarder Christmas Festival and took part in the Christmas tree festival, helping to decorate the Auchterarder Girlguiding tree.

In January we went to the Aladdin Panto in Perth. Then took part in Perth and Kinross County Bag a Badge Day where girls could either achieve the Brownie Traditions or Disability Awareness Interest badges while they took part in games, and activities. Great Fun had by all and all worked hard and achieved their badges. This term we are working on Think Resilient where the first session was delivered by a Peer Educator and we are Taking It Forward with fun educational activities. We are also working through some new Resources from Girlguiding ahead of the new Programme being Introduced next September.

Coming up we have a Perth and Kinross County Thinking Day event where girls form all sections will work on the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Impact Challenge Badge. We also have 3 different trips to Netherurd Planned Magic in the Woods, Fun and Feathers and Whizz Bang Pop. In the April holidays we are also attending a 2-night residential Holiday to Fordell firs The Scouts National Activity Centre where we will be doing Caving, Archery, Adventure Challenge course, bungee trampoline, Climbing, Low Ropes, Adventure Playground, Campfire, Night Walk. The girls will also be working on Chocolate Challenge and Beatrix Potter Challenge and visiting the Cinema to see Peter Rabbit.

All these Activities would not have been possible but for the Co-op very generous Community Grant and Auchterarder Trust previous Grant enabling us to offer many Adventurous Activities and Holidays to many Brownies within Auchterarder over the past few years.

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