A BROWNIE pack has been getting stuck into a range of activities to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the movement, including making a giant cake out of recycled materials.
Second Hilton Brownies, which has 32 members aged between seven and ten, is one of many across the country that will mark 100 years of the movement with The Big Brownie Birthday. This will see celebrations run from now until the end of the 2014 school summer holidays,.
Barn own Anna Cummings, 35, has been involved with the Hilton pack since January 2013. She told the Mail: “I was a brownie way back in the day and my mum was a Brown Owl where we used to live in Sussex.
“I wanted to give something back and went to the local brownie pack and asked if they wanted help.”
Anna said that this year will be a year of adventure and activities, including a swimming gala with groups from all over the country taking part.
Each pack has got to find a way of celebrating becoming a Brownie.
She said: “We had some Brownies that were really shy when they came in at seven and some of the trips is the first time they have been away from their parents for many of them. Because no boys are allowed it means they can be themselves.
“It’s surprising how much they come out of their shell.”
Badges that the Brownies work towards have become much more modern then many may remember, and now include subjects such as stargazing, circus skills and pathfinder, where they learn how to use a map.
Anna said: “I have really enjoyed the past 12 months. I have done things I would never do on my own. It’s lovely to see them grow and develop.
“It’s a very big movement but we need more volunteers to open new packs - there is no shortage of girls that want to join Brownies but there are not the people to do it.
“I hope it will still be going in another 100 years. It’s a chance for girls to be proud and show off what they are doing and say ‘here we are, come and join us.’
Events they have completed include Star Quest, a one-day event that celebrates Brownies, highlighting the fun and excitement of being one.