Brownies start on their first badges

Sara Morgan, Brown Owl at 1st Lowick Brownies makes her promise to Northumberland County Commissioners Andrea Scriven and Margaret Lester before enrolling the first new Brownies at an end of term teddy bears' picnic.
Sara Morgan, Brown Owl at 1st Lowick Brownies makes her promise to Northumberland County Commissioners Andrea Scriven and Margaret Lester before enrolling the first new Brownies at an end of term teddy bears' picnic.

A new Brownie group has notched up its first term.

Seven to 10-year-olds in the 1st Lowick Brownies have started on their first interest badges and have already been on their first trip to meet Brownies from Berwick at Spittal Beach.

Sara Morgan, 1st Lowick Brownie Leader, said: “I became involved with Brownies as I remember being a Brownie myself and had great fun doing badges and going on camp. Also the village is really lacking in groups for the girls to be involved with. 

“Starting this group will have a great impact on them, letting them get to know other girls, outside of their school friends, that they would not normally meet.”

The 1st Lowick Brownies have been supported with a special fund given to Girlguiding as part of the Youth United network, on behalf of the Cabinet Office. It was awarded to Girlguiding as it is a charity which works to engage young people in their local community and regularly involves girls in positive social action.

The funding is being used by Girlguiding to ensure as many young people as possible can benefit from the experiences that the charity offers.

Development workers, employed to reach out to all communities to ensure guiding is open to all, are working throughout the UK and increasing opportunities for girls and young women, as well as engaging with adults who are interested in volunteering.

Laura Wilkinson, development worker for Berwick, said: “Girlguiding opens up a world of exciting challenges to girls aged five to 25, giving them the space to try new things and make friends for life. Girls take part in a hugely varied weekly programme incorporating everything from world issues and science to adventure sports and international travel. I’m delighted that the first of our new groups have got off to such a successful start and would like to thank Sara, Sue, Rosemary and all the helpers in Lowick for creating such a great resource for the village.

“We’d like to repeat this success elsewhere in the area to ensure that more young people have the opportunity to participate. To achieve this we need more adult members to come and join our amazing voluntary team.

“If you’d like to find out more about what Girlguiding is all about why not come along to our adult taster day, at Ford Scout Camp on August 9? It’s an informal way to find out if Girlguiding is for you, with no commitment and the chance to have a go at some of our activities first hand. We’d love to see you there.”