Manea Girls complete a century’s worth of challenges for the Big Brownie Birthday

Young members of the 1st Manea Brownie unit have celebrated 100 years of Brownies by completing a series of adventurous and creative challenges – each linked to a milestone year in the history of one of Girlguiding’s best-known sections.

The 17 girls have spent last weekend tackling The Big Brownie Birthday Challenge – a specially created programme of activities that enables them to make their own decisions, learn new skills and have fun.

The group – all aged 7 to 10 – chose a range of tasks to take on together, including a visit to Manea Pits, tackling the Brownie programme from the 1940’s including finishing their challenge under the tables when the air raid siren went off wearing uniform from the time, learning morse code and staying away for the night in the village hall. Each girl has received a special Big Brownie Birthday Challenge badge to mark her achievement.

Kaci, aged 7, said: ‘The best thing about the challenge was that we could choose what activities we did. My favourite was going to the pits and doing blindfold challenges.

Courtney Miller, Brownie Leader, added: ‘Seeing the girls take on the Big Brownie Birthday Challenge has been fantastic. They’ve learnt lots of new skills, had a huge amount of fun and were really chuffed to get such a special badge.

Brownies opens up a world of exciting challenges to girls aged seven to 10, giving them the space to try new things and make brilliant friends. Girls take part in a hugely varied weekly programme incorporating everything from stargazing, world issues and science to abseiling, canoeing and zip wiring

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