6th Brownies had a visit from Peter Blackman, from Guide Dogs for the Blind, who brought in retired…
There are four Brownie units in our district.
We are the oldest unit in SWF, as the title suggests, registered in 1975 and we have 5 Adult leaders, Brown Owl, Tawny Owl, Barn Owl, Magpie and Magpie and usually around 22/24 girls.
Last year we enjoyed lots of activities especially the Division Thinking Day event at William de Ferrers school with a Rio Carnival theme, making crowns for the district fete, and a visit to Hanningfield Reservoir when each six had to make a shelter big enough to fit the six into.
The highlight of the year was pack holiday at Guidewoods with a Winnie the Pooh theme. As well as helping with the jobs, we also toasted marshmallows over the campfire, had a slumber party and watched a DVD, and enjoyed playing outside in the woods and on the play equipment.
In 3rd SWF Brownies we have three Leaders called Brown Owl, Snowy Owl and Peacock. We also have two young leaders called Mouse and Beaver and we currently have twenty three girls in the unit.
The four sixes we have are called Foxes, Rabbits, Badgers and Squirrels. 3rd Brownies had lots of fun in the summer working for their 'World Issues' interest badge. It included all the girls getting involved with cutting up fruit from different countries to make a fruit salad. We also had an 'Olympic games' evening with all girls getting a medal at the end. We also celebrated the Diamond Jubilee with games and crafts.
We are looking for some more helpers as Mouse has moved away to Yorkshire. The unit is now run by Dove and Sally with two Young Leaders.
On the 15th March 2016 we visited the South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station where theBrownies learnt all about what to do (and not to do) in case of a fire. They found out the science of fire and what makes a fire burn (as part of their Science Investigators Badge they have been doing this term). One of the girls was lucky enough to get to try on the Firefighters kit as Firefighter Hurrell explained what each part was for and how it protected the Firefighters during a fire (a few of the girls also got to try this on at the end of the session) and they all had a tour of the Fire Engine and a turn with the hose.
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the South Woodham Ferrers Fire Station, with special thanks to Firefighter Hurrell, Firefighter Barclay, Sub Officer Atkinson and Firefighter Champ for allowing us to come into the station, for giving up their time and for making our trip to the station so special.
Brownies are for girls aged 7 to 10. They belong to a pack and work in small groups called sixes with a sixer and seconder to lead the group.
Brownies have a varied programme which is lots of fun. There are badges to do, challenges and activities, enjoying the outdoors and playing games.
Brownies decide what they want to do at a Brownie Pow-wow. Sometimes they go on Adventure days, pack holidays and camps. There is a range of Brownies clothes that they can wear.
You can find out more about Brownies on the Girlguiding website.