Brownies in County Badge Record


Two Brownies from Newbury have set a new County record by earning more than 40 interest badges each.

Twins Emily and Hannah Cox of 5th Newbury Brownies have each earned 43 of the 57 available interest badges, and along the way they have had to complete a vast range of activities, ranging from demonstrating their IT skills for their Computer badge, preparing a two course meal for their Cook badge, presenting a speech for their Speaker Badge and identifying star constellations for their Stargazing badge.

Speaking on their achievement Emily said: “The best thing about badges is that you have something to work for and you get a reward. There are so many badges to gain. Water Safety was the hardest badge – I had to learn lots of different skills.”

Hannah added: “The Advanced Cook badge was one of the hardest. You have to cook a meal by yourself and also show how you use equipment safely.”

To mark their major achievement, Hannah and Emily were each presented with their 40th badge, the Wildlife Explorer badge, by Assistant County Commissioner for Girlguiding Berkshire, Helen Randall. The girls were then presented with a further three badges the same evening in front of their whole Brownie unit.

Helen said: “Most girls gain a handful of badges during their time as a Brownie, but to be awarded over 40 badges really is a tremendous achievement. On behalf of Girlguiding Berkshire I would like to congratulate both Emily and Hannah for their commitment, enthusiasm and for inspiring other girls to rise to the challenge of gaining badges.”

Now Hannah and Emily, who have been Brownies for two years, are aiming to gain 50 badges by the time they leave the unit in the summer and move to the Guide section.

Hannah said: “We want to gain 50 badges. We know it’s going to be hard work, but we think we can do it.”

Camp Permit Weekends for Guide and Senior Section

Do you know a Guide or Senior Section member looking to do her camp permit?

Some of our local sites have been booked so that girls can bring their patrol or peers along to a camp. They would be responsible for organising the trip for their group, but there will be adults around too.

For Guides, this is at Thirtover Place on 15th-17th September - download this form for more details.

For the Senior Section, this is at Longridge on 14th-16th July - have a look at this form.

Berkshire's newest Queen's Guide

Congratulations to Sarah Stevenson from Lower Early, who has recently received her Queen's Guide award, which was presented at the House of Commons on Saturday 11th March by Val Elliott, Girlguiding’s Interim Chair of the Board of Trustees.

To achieve the award, Sarah took on a series of personal challenges in areas such as social action, voluntary work and travel. The award also requires its participants to learn and develop a new skill for 60 hours over 12 months and for her skill, Sarah chose sewing and embroidery. She said: “As part of this, I made a toy giraffe for my godson's first birthday.  I learnt how to follow and cut a pattern and made something for my godson that he can keep forever.  I also spent a day at the Royal School of Needlework on a goldwork course and learnt how to embroider using metals.”

One of the highlights of working towards her Queen’s Guide Award for Sarah was undertaking the Community Action element. This involved spending three weeks in Latvia as part of the Guiding Overseas Linked with Development (GOLD) programme where she helped to plan and implement an activity programme for Ranger Guides and Rover Scouts.

Sarah’s time in Latvia also involved camping in -6c and a night time kayaking trip through the canals of Riga. She explained how practise helped her to prepare: “Our team leader took us to a PGL activity centre to learn to work together as a team.  I have a great fear of heights, but managed to complete a high ropes course with the support of my team mates!  This helped me to get over my fear of heights to be able to trek some very rocky parts of the Great Wall of China in October 2016 after I had completed the award."

Now Sarah is planning to become involved with mentoring in Guiding. She is also planning to become more involved with International Guiding and will be travelling to one of Guiding’s world centres, Sangam in India later this year.

Well done, Sarah!