One hundred members from Girlguiding Histon District took part in a huge sleepover at Histon Baptist church as part of an extra-special Stay Away adventure to mark 100 years of Brownies.
The Histon, Girton and Oakington Brownies, all aged seven to 10, joined together to celebrate The Big Brownie Birthday.
Before settling down to snooze, the girls enjoyed a range of exciting activities, including making arm pit fudge, jewellery making from shrink plastic, outdoor games and a film night. The activities were drawn from the Brownie Adventure programme, which builds girls’ confidence and self-esteem, encourages them to become active citizens and learn about the wider world and gives them a space to have fun and be themselves with other girls.
There was also a giant birthday cake donated to the event by Barkers Bakery who have their head office in Cottenham.
Zoe aged 8 said, “Armpit fudge tastes nice I’ve made it before and it doesn’t taste of armpits. You put all the ingredients into a zip lock bag and mix it under your arm.”
The Brownies also gathered outside the church to make a Brownie 100 for photographs. “Making the Brownie 100 was cool.” said Flossie aged 7.
Erin Munnelly, 23, one of the 20 adult Leaders at the event said “Seeing the five units mix with each other is fantastic, not all the girls know each other from school and realising there are lots of other brownies in the local area is what makes guiding great.”
The event had been a year in the planning and was coordinated by District Commissioner for Histon, Jen Goodwin, with a team of leaders from the other units.