Brownies enjoy 100th birthday in Dursley

Gazette Series: BROWNIES STARQUEST DAY: OVER ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY GIRLS REPRESENTING TEN BROWNIE PACKS ACROSS WEST GLOUCESTERSHIRE VILLAGES TOOK PART IN A STARQUEST DAY THAT TOOK THEM ON A JOURNEY THROUGH ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF BROWNIE GUIDING, CELEBRATING THE PAST, PRESE BROWNIES STARQUEST DAY: OVER ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY GIRLS REPRESENTING TEN BROWNIE PACKS ACROSS WEST GLOUCESTERSHIRE VILLAGES TOOK PART IN A STARQUEST DAY THAT TOOK THEM ON A JOURNEY THROUGH ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF BROWNIE GUIDING, CELEBRATING THE PAST, PRESE

BROWNIES from across west Gloucestershire have been seeing stars after spending a day creating, cutting and cooking at Dursley Primary Academy to celebrate their 100th birthday.

Around 140 girls from the group took part in the special event, which involved completing "missions" to earn gold stars as they worked to a story brief in which the stars fell to earth and had to be collected.

Uniforms dating back to the 1930's afforded the girls a chance to dress up and see what they would have looked like over the past eighty years.

Ann King, who curated the collection of uniforms and Guiding memorabilia even included her original 1950s Brownie dress, including four hard-earned proficiency awards.

Completing the cosmos took the mixed teams through three time zones, taking part in adventures from the past to the future, creating peg people and performing small plays with their characters, before using recycled materials to construct brown owl models.

Stepping into the present saw the teams challenge each other to win points in card games they created from scratch, organising the rules before designing the art work themselves and playing the games.

Laughter rocked the room as smaller groups huddled over tealights cooking marshmallows for smores, before squishing the sweet between biscuits to make a delicious treat.

Seven-year-old Megan Smith said: "Making the smores was the best bit, it was really gooey and really tasty.”

The final starquest challenge saw the brownies look to the future as they built their very own colourful rocket and added their collective stars to nine large panels detailing the solar system.

Over 64,000 girls aged between five and 26 enjoy weekly challenges and adventures organised or co-ordinated by 14,000 adult volunteer leaders in Guiding throughout the southwest of England.

Division commissioner Michelle Everett said: "I thought it was an innovative day with a difference, giving the girls a chance to look at the past as well as towards the future of brownies.”

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