Six girls from the 2nd Haddenham Brownies and four from the 3rd Chatteris Brownies took part in a huge sleepover at Hautbois Activity Centre, Norfolk, as part of an extra-special Stay Away adventure to mark 100 years of Brownies.
The Brownies, all aged seven to 10, joined more than 70 other girls from across the Anglia Region on 6 to 8 June 2014 to celebrate The Big Brownie Birthday – which has seen Girlguiding members from all over the UK take part in sleepovers, camps and holidays in unexpected places.
Before settling down to snooze in yurts outdoors, the girls enjoyed a range of exciting activities, including archery, climbing, abseiling and exploring the woodland.
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.
Charlotte a Brownie said: ‘I loved the Big Brownie Birthday Stay Away in the Yurt Village at Hautbois – it was amazing to get to sleep over with my friends in such an unusual place. My favourite parts were making new Brownie friends and the ‘I am Unique’ activities where I made a clay pendant necklace including my thumb print. We also really enjoyed an outdoor challenge where we had to find and unscramble animal anagrams.’
Amanda Buttress, Unit Leader at 2nd Haddenham Brownies added: ‘Sleeping in the Yurts was our best adventure yet. It was really exciting especially for one of the girls who had never stayed away from home before. The range of activities available meant that everyone tried new things and made new friends.’