Thursday, 16 April 2009

Brownies part 2

I thought I would keep you updated with my Brownie adventure, as you know I recently found out the pack I help is the worst in the area. After reading all your comments on my last post I felt I needed to make a change. I feel so bad that the parents are paying £25 a term for their children to run wild playing tag etc....... they could play that for free in the street!!!

One of the reasons I joined was to wear this lovely uniform....

I was never in the Brownies as a child, can't remember why now.....did I not want to go or did mum not want us to?? My oldest sister was in the Guides for years & even went to rangers....

So now I've finally joined I see the uniform has changed quite a lot.... I hate it!!! Who chose those's colours...yuk!! I'm wondering if I could get away with the brown leggings


We will be moving sometime in May because we only have 9 girls & no one wants to come to this pack because the area I live is a bit rough!!!! There is a waiting list for the other packs nearby so we will be moving to another church hall, this is about 15 -20 mins walk from my home so not great...the church now is less then 5 mins. It's a shame because the girls who live near me may not come with us & it them we really need to help..... the regional person doesn't understand that not everyone has cars.

On Tuesday we had a planning meeting & I wanted to give them one more chance to change before moving on..... I wanted to join the WI but don't have enough time to do both, I chose Brownies because I felt I may be doing some good. At the meeting I used all my skills learnt from many a management course... glad they came in useful!!..... to get them to change their ways.

Anyway we now have 4 weeks planned & they sounds pretty exciting....

Next week will shall be working towards the 'cook' badge, the first badge we've done since I joined in January!

They didn't seem to know how to plan anything so I suggested that we do this over 2 weeks for full impact. So next week we will be making place mats & shopping lists. We will be making mini pizzas & smoothies the following week . By planning ahead we can get everything we need & get the girls excited about coming the following week. I've also suggested that we split the girls into 3 teams as we have one leader & 2 helpers, this means we only have 3 girls each which I think will work so much better because when it's a large group they all mess around & talk.

I'm really looking forward to this & just to keep it on track I've asked for a meeting at the end of each session so we can keep to the plan....the leader likes to change things, so I'm told......& also to see what works & what doesn't!!

They started a knitting project before Christmas but it's been forgotten about until now.... you all know how much I love knitting!! They were knitting squares but with no end result so I suggested we start a competition to see which group can knit the most squares then we can sew them together to make 3 blankets to go to the local animal rescue centre.

I'll let you know next week how it went.... I'm feeling more positive now.

Don't forget Cath tonight.


  1. I used to go to the Brownies and absolutely loved it as we did lots of group outings, good old traditional stuff and working towards all those great badges. I'd love to be in the brownies again!
    I agree about the uniform now, it is very different. It does sound that your one needed more focus and smaller groups works better than 1 large one. Good Luck!

  2. Sounds like you're doing a brilliant job of motivating them and that the Brownies will be getting a lot more out of it. Well done you and good luck with the cookery, that sounds like it will be great fun!

    Mel xxx

  3. thats such a great idea!
    and including local charities with crafts is just fab!

    well done doing things to motivate them to be creative and give....ooh i just love it

  4. I think you are doing a fantastic job. I loved being a Brownie :)

  5. You sound like you're getting them all into check! Well done.

    You've actually made me think about making enquiries in to helping at one of my local brownie groups.

    Victoria x

  6. So glad you're sticking at it, sounds like they certainly need you.
    Hope it all works out and look forward to reading more updates.
    Take care
    Beki xxx

  7. Well show em,Josie girl!!
    I was a brownie too.I loved my uniform with all the badges etc
    I started off in 'Gnomes' then became a sixer of 'Elves' (but now I am just a little Pixie ;-)
    Glad you have persevered.

  8. I'm really inspired by what you've written here - this is the first time that I've read your blog but it's really good to find someone getting involved and adding their own special skills to help out a group in need.

    I shall add you to my blog list and see how you all get on! Having seen your comments on other blogs I like, I know I'm going to enjoy your other posts, too!

  9. It sounds really good for the pack to have you in it!!! I wish I could join!! As you say, the girls will have something to work for, and look forward to, rather than just constantly playing games.
    Wishing you all the best, and I bet the members will increase, when the girls start enjoying the variety you will bring!!

    Have a lovely weekend : )

    Sharon xx

  10. I loved the brownies when i was a little girl , i would love Kitty to go to the same pack as i did but the waiting list is very , very long !
    I hope your idea's work out it sounds like they really do need you !!

    Sara x

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