Wiltshire Brownies go wild for centenary with fun weekend
A group of 500 Brownies from Westbury, Trowbridge, Melksham, Bradford on Avon and Melksham took part in an adventurous weekend camp to celebrate the centenary of their movement, joining 300 others for a County sleepout at Knook Camp.
A lively street parade saw the girls waving their colourful streamers and playing homemade instruments to the beat of a samba band and the engine roar of the Royal British Legion Bikers’ escort.
Roaring up to the opening tape on a Harley Davidson, the Region’s Chief Guide, Solange Rebours, cut the ribbon, allowing the excited youngsters to stream through to the festival of fun.
Dividing into teams, the Packs took names from the High Seas of the World, conquering 30-foot climbing walls, zorbing on water, bouncing down hills inside inflatables and challenging each other at It’s a Knock-out style games.
Vicky Barton, 1st Worton & Marston Brown Owl, said “The girls have been really brave, pushing their boundaries to try new activities.
“They’ve been looking forward to this event for weeks and have excelled at the water challenges as well as being creative with their crafts.”
The emergency services put on a display, allowing the girls to use hose reels, monitor their heart rate in the back of an ambulance, meet police dogs and try out response vehicles.
Learning about fingerprints, they went on to find out about birds of prey and the habitats reptiles prefer as they handled a six foot python, corn snakes and a barn owl.
Circus skills kept the Brownies on their toes as they juggled clubs, balanced spinning dishes or walked on stilts before taking a pew for a puppet show.
Cookery challenges provided them with their midnight feast, moulding chocolate, coconut and other delicious ingredients together to create treats.
Shirley Eve, Joint County Commissioner, said: “The event has been a girl-led project, they’ve chosen activities that -would make the centenary special for them.”
A barbecue and campfire sing-a-long completed the perfect day.