Back in 1987 I joined a club that met up every Wednesday, where girls came together to develop new key skills, have fun and learn new hobbies. This club was known as the Brownies. The Uniform was a lovely brown chocolate colour with a sun yellow cravat that was held in place by a metal trefoil broche. I had a special brown bag in which I carried my Brownie Handbook, a notepad, a pencil and my 20p subs!
I can remember that I belonged to 4th Mitcham and my six (group) was the Imps, which was very apt because I was and still am the smallest out of all my friends! We made our promise every week to do our best, help others and keep the Brownie Law around a wooden toadstool. We did many activities such as baking, sports, crafting, photography, singing and went camping but the best activity, which was an end of term treat was cooking food on an upside down empty tin can with a tealight!
This all makes me smile and I have some very fond memories, here I met some very good friends, some of which I am still in contact with today. I certainly will never forget passing out at the bottom of a 10ft abseiling wall on my first Brownie camp! I’m not good with heights!
My 7 year old Son who also is part of the local scout group got his 1st year Beaver Badge this week. He is following in his Daddy’s and Uncle Mark’s footsteps who were also Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. I bet you know at least one person who went to Scouts or Guides? Lots of famous people have participated in this worldwide club when they were growing up for example: David Beckham, Richard Branston, Natasha Kaplinsky, Paul McCartney, Barak Obama and Steven Spielberg. Who knows my son maybe the next Football Captain of England or the next International Film Director!
When you think of Scouting and Girlguiding what do you think of ?….
Camping, knots, woggles, tents, dyb and dob…
Well you’d be surprised!
Nowadays the essential elements of the Girlguiding and Scouting movement have remained, but today it’s all about fun, adventure and learning but on whole new scale. They offer hundreds of activities ranging from kayaking, white water rafting, paragliding, archery and staged performance. They even go across the world on camps or Jamborees. (not down the road to Esher!). With these activities, approximately ½ a Million Scout Members and over ½ a million in the Guiding Association and with TV adventurer Bear Gylls as Chief Scout it has made it the ‘largest UK volunteer group for young people’ and has become the fastest growing group since 1970.
Here at Banana Moon we too have noticed an increase in the number of orders from Rainbow, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, and Explorer Scout Groups in the last 12 months. Scout and Guide leaders, packs and districts have been purchasing personalised clothing for trips, camps and particularly over the last few weeks for Jamborees that are happening all over the UK, Europe and the world during the summer of 2013.
Like the Scouting and Girlguiding Motto’s all the teams at Banana Moon are ready to ‘Lend a Hand’ and will ‘Be Prepared’ to produce whatever garment you need for your event! We promise that we’ll do our best!