Rainbows, Brownies, Guides Boldmere Church

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Rainbows, Brownies, Guides Boldmere Church

Sutton Coldfield information for Rainbows, Brownies, Guides

22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden

The 22nd World Scout Jamboree will be taking place in Sweden in July and August this year. Two of the Guides from the unit here – Libby and Ellie – have been selected to represent Birmingham and Girlguiding UK at this event.  In order to attend they have to raise all the funds for themselves, and their fundraising will also enable Guides and Scouts from places such as Armenia, Papua New Guinea and Sierra Leone.


To help with this fundraising the Guides will be holding a Cake Sale after the Parade service on Sunday 19th June. Any donations of cakes would be gratefully appreciated and we hope as many of you as possible will come along to sample the goodies.

Additionally, on Tuesday 19th July, the Guides will be holding a Talent Show which we would like to invite you to. More details nearer the time.


Janet Hill, Guide Leader 23rd Sutton Coldfield Guides


Our Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers and leaders have had a good year, we were celebrating the second half of our Centenary Year (Sept 09 – Oct. 10) and all of our units took part in a range of activities to celebrate.

All members had the opportunity to complete an Adventure 100 badge, all sections completed activities to earn either 100 or 150 points (depending on age) – we had ‘in the dark’ nights, ice cool evenings, completed wacky 100 activities, made adverts for Girlguiding UK, moved in a whole variety of ways, were ‘wet and wild’, looked back at our heritage and looked to the future.

The final aspect of the Adventure 100 was to ‘share the adventure’ and some members from Boldmere Methodist Church units went to a fantastic Thinking Day event called ‘One World, One Beat’ in February. Others went to ‘Carnival’ at Drayton Manor where 20,000 Girlguiding Midland members met over 2 days in April to celebrate with a procession and concert, as well as enjoying the rides. Girlguiding Birmingham celebrated in May with a Picnic in the Park at Blackwell Court and in October we celebrated the finale of our Centenary with a Division event – Vision Vesey where over 570 members gathered together to sing, dance, look back over the year, remake their Promise and look to our Vision for the future.  Some of us were very fortunate and attended all the above events.


Rainbows (5-7 yrs)

The Rainbow unit continues to thrive and this year has particularly benefited from help from Y6 girls working on their Rotary Award.


Brownies (7-10 yrs)

We were able to offer our Brownies a 5 day holiday in Yorkshire, which included a visit to Fusion, Girlguiding UK’s Centenary Celebration at Harewood House. We travelled up to York on the train, caught a bus and walked (just across the road) to Snowball Plantation where our theme for the week was ‘Celebration’.

Both Monday and Tuesday Packs have over 20 girls and have just had a half term where we have all earned a badge, either friend to animals, advanced cook, first aid, scientist or artist.


Guides (10-16 yrs)

We continue to have a healthy Guide unit (24+ girls) with a fairly large team of young and adult leaders.  In December Sarah Dorsett stood down as Unit leader but is continuing to help on the rota –thanks to Sarah for all she has done as unit leader over the past few years.  We have welcomed Janet Hill to the team, she is now unit leader.

We have had 2 Guides who have achieved their Baden Powell Award during the last year, this is the highest award that can be attained as a Guide, Congratulations to Kerry Gill and Rose Malone on this achievement.


Rangers (14-25 yrs)

We have been very fortunate this year in finding a unit leader for our Ranger Unit, Katherine Chandler has moved into the area and has taken over our unit, she is carrying out post graduate study at B’ham University .  There are 9 members, 6 of whom help as Young leaders in units in this Church and others. They take part in a variety of activities, some of them are working on Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards with a County group.  Congratulations to  Kirsty, Molly and Natasha on receiving their Silver Award and Jodie, Kerry and Libby for completing their Bronze Award.

We would like to thank the Church for all their continued support of Girlguiding at Boldmere.

Boldmere Methodist Girlguiding Leaders

Girlguiding UK have produced a powerful 40-second video to promote their Girls Attitude Survey

History Of The Brownies

Brownies were first organised by Lord Baden-Powell in 1914, to complete the range of age groups both for girls and boys in Scouting.  They were first run as the youngest group in the Guide Association by Agnes Baden-Powell, Lord Baden-Powell’s younger sister. In 1918 his wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell, took over the responsibility for the Girl Guides and thus for Brownies.

Originally the girls were called Rosebuds, but were renamed by Lord Baden-Powell after the girls had complained that they didn’t like their name.  Their name comes from the story “The Brownies” by Juliana Horatia Ewing, written in 1870.  In the story two children, Tommy and Betty, learn that children can be helpful Brownies or lazy boggarts.

Sutton Coldfield Girlguiding UK
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