Posted by Sandra on July 9, 2014
If you’re not yet 10, how would you celebrate your 100th birthday? If you’re the Cornish Brownies, you do it (how else?) with a giant sleepover party, called Stay Away, complete with challenges, disco and all sorts of fun activities whilst ‘flying around the world to eight different countries’!
As part of the special birthday year, 800 Brownies from all over Cornwall attended last weekend's Stay Away at the Royal Cornwall Showground at Wadebridge and through clever staging got the chance to ‘fly’ from the UK to Mexico, Japan, Australia, Switzerland, USA, India and South Africa to sample local delicacies, learn a regional song or dance and have a go at some craft from each country.
Paula Volkner, Cornwall’s Big Brownie Birthday Co-ordinator, said: “The Big Brownie Birthday celebrates a hundred years of achievement and empowerment for young girls across the world. Thanks to the dedication and support of our amazing volunteers (over 300 on site this weekend) we’ve ensured our girls have had a brilliant weekend they’ll never forget, and most importantly given them the chance to be themselves, have fun, build brilliant friendships and gain valuable life skills.”
With so many mouths to feed, Paula and her team were faced with a mammoth task to find food for the 1,000 attendees over the weekend, but thanks to Tesco at St Austell, they were supplied 750 rolls so the girls could all get a decent bacon roll for their breakfast.
The Brownies are the section of Girlguiding for girls aged seven to ten, and were set up in 1914 by Agnes Baden-Powell (sister of Scouts' founder Robert) as the Rosebuds. However, the girls complained they didn't like the name so they were renamed Brownies the following year after a popular children's adventure story. Today around a quarter of all eight-year-old girls in the UK are members. Through regular meetings, special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays, Brownies learn new hobbies, play music, explore other cultures and get adventurous outdoors. Girls can also extend their knowledge and abilities by working towards Brownie interest badges covering many different hobbies and activities from science investigator to circus skills. Here in Cornwall, the girls are given the space to have fun and are encouraged to relish and utilise our beautiful countryside, beaches and heritage to the full.
If you are looking for a Unit in Cornwall for your daughter to join, or you're interested in volunteering yourself, please go to the secure Girlguiding UK 'Join Us' website or check out this website for more information on what Brownies get up to across the county.