In 2010 the Guides reached their centenary. Now in 2014 it is the turn of the Brownies, their younger sisters.
Firstly known as Rosebuds they began their existence in 1914 but within a few years had changed their name to Brownies, probably because of the idea of Brownies being helpful kinds of elves. After all, the Brownie motto is “Lend a Hand”.
Brownies throughout the Country have celebrated the “Big Brownie Birthday”. In May it was the turn of Wigtownshire Brownies to have a “ Big Brownie Birthday Party” at Greenvalley Golf Academy at Castle Kennedy which was attended by approximately 150 girls plus their leaders and members of Trefoil Guild.
The day began with the joint County Commissioner, Angela Mooney dividing the girls into six groups, Wise Owls, Olaves, Rosebuds, Stars, Highway and Wings. Activities consisted of making phone charms, friendship bracelets, learning a new song, pebble painting, a treasure hunt which ended in the making of toadstool cakes, facepainting, tattoos and nail painting and circus activities like juggling and plate spinning.
Since Christmas, Isobel Irving, County Public Relations Adviser and a member of Stranraer and District Trefoil Guild, had visited each Brownie Unit to put together a story which was based on a Star Quest, the national theme of the celebratory year. One of the activities was the story corner where the Brownies listened to the story which had been written. Each unit knew only the section which they had written and illustrated. It is intended that a copy of this book will be given to each unit next session. At this corner they also heard a little of the history of Brownies.
A buffet lunch was provided and all ate heartily. At the end of the day the cake, made and decorated by Ann Slavin, Brownie Leader and District Commissioner, Lochinch, was cut by two representatives from each unit present, helped by the County President, Sheila Ogilvie.
Was the day enjoyed? Brownies were asked to fill in a questionnaire stating which parts they enjoyed most. A variety of answers were given. The most popular activities were tattoos, face and nail painting closely followed by making toadstool cakes but there were no activities which weren’t enjoyed by at least a few Brownies.
At the end of the day the whole group of girls and adults joined in a very large circle to sing the song learned on the day “Make new Friends but keep the old”. Although the actions to this are tricky the Brownies managed admirably.
The whole day was perhaps summed up perfectly by those Brownies who said they enjoyed everything but mostly by Sophie whose comment was, “We loved all of it because you met new friends and it’s so-o-o fun!”