Big Brownie Take Over
The Big Brownie Take Over was all about Brownies showing
the world what guiding is all about. All across the UK, units and
groups were encouraged to take over all sorts of locations to
celebrate the Centenary. These included castles, museums, holiday
parks, railways, parks, playgrounds, campsites, theatres, power
stations, islands and even venues abroad.
'The best bit about going on holiday with all
the Brownies was meeting lots of new friends,' Maise, 9,
Brownies Take Over PGL
PGL, an official partner of Girlguiding, became the official
sponsor of the residential Big Brownie Takeover. Throughout the
year, hundreds of Brownies took over PGL activity centres in
Liddington, Marchants Hill, Dalguise, Preston, Caythorpe, Osmington
Bay and Boreatton Park.
At the Take Over events, the girls took part in a variety of
on-site activities including climbing, abseiling, high ropes, giant
swing, Jacob's ladder, assault course, trampolining, archery,
fencing and zip wire. They also took part in a giant campfire, had
fun playing games and were treated to fantastic firework displays
with a very special Brownie firework at the end.
Brownies Take Over Acorn Adventures
Brownies took over the Royal Oak and Tran Troed Watersports
Centres on the shores of Llangorse Lake, which proved to be the
perfect location for kayaking, dragon boating, raft-building and
land- based activities like crate stacking and orienteering.
Twenty-five Brownies visited Ardres in Northern France
to take over another Acorn Adventures site for five days.This was a
brilliant international Brownie Take Over, which included luxury
lakeside camping and watersports. Brownies and their Leaders had a
great time mastering canoeing, dragon boating and fun boats,
as well as a full land-based activity programme that included high
ropes, archery and fencing.
Two of the Brownies from Yorkshire and
Lancashire said to their Leaders at the end of the trip, 'I tried
things I'd never done before', and 'I wanted to stay longer!'
Brownies Take Over The Tracks
Brownies travelled on specially chartered steam trains
running from Stratford to Birmingham and London Victoria to
Windsor. These trains transported the Brownies through scenic
locations to enjoy adventure upon arrival. These events were
supported by Vintage Railways.
In addition to these events, Heritage Railways created
other steam train journeys for groups in other locations.
Brownies Take Over Girlguiding Training and Activity
Brownies had the opportunity to take over all of the Girlguiding Training and Activity Centres
during the Centenary year.
offered a safari-themed weekend where Brownies were given the
opportunity to meet reptiles, creepy crawlies and birds of prey.
They were encouraged to climb and crawl like monkeys and meerkats
on the assault course.
The circus came to Broneirion!
Brownies enjoyed taking over Broneirion with a range of themed
activities, including circus skills.
Foxlease held several events for Brownies
over the Centenary year. The first was Autumn Woodland
Adventures, where participants tried their hand at
nature-related activities including geocaching, willow weaving, bat
and bird-box making, deer watching and a bird of prey display.
Winter Wonderland was next with 350 Brownies taking part in ice
skating and enjoying reindeer-pulled sledge rides. The
girls also visited Santa’s Grotto and enjoyed a big Christmas
party with lots of games and a huge Christmas dinner.
In the Spring, March Madness transformed Foxlease into
wonderland with Alice and her friends joining the Brownies for a
Mad Hatter’s tea party. The girls got to play flamingo croquet,
Alice archery and made their own scrumptious jam
Brownies experienced a 'Go Green' theme at Great Hautbois House, in Norfolk, while
visiting Bewilderwood’s treehouse adventure park. The girls slept
indoors and out, built their own accommodation and took part in all
the exciting outdoor challenges on offer - zip wire, archery,
climbing, abseiling and watersports.
ICANDO was taken over by Brownies five
times during the Centenary year. The five events were Bonfire
Spectacular, Chinese New Year, Easter Art, Trooping the Colour and
Summer Festival. Over 200 Brownies attended these weekends and took
part in activities based on the theme of their adventure.
The Bonfire Spectacular included making toffee apples and
chocolate sparklers, as well as a trip to the local fireworks
display. Chinese New Year involved performing a chinese dragon
dance in a dragon made by participants, plus a visit to London’s
China Town for Chinese food.
At Easter Art Brownies took part in an art workshop at the
National Art Gallery and played Easter games in the park. During
June's Trooping the Colour event, Brownies were allowed to
watch the ceremony from the Mall and enjoyed a trip on the
world-famous London Eye.
Girlguiding Ulster hosted a Brownie Take Over
at Lorne in the form of a
water-themed residential event with a fun day in the middle.
Brownies went wading in the water of the Lorne river, splashed
their way down the slippery slide and scaled the dizzy heights of
the cube course. They also had time to relax and took a
train along the coastal route to Bangor.
Netherurd was taken over by more
than 120 Brownies for a ‘Brownie Wishes’-themed weekend. Brownies
from across Scotland took part in activities such as archery,
dancing, treasure trail, mini-sports, ropes course, zip wire and
canoeing. They were also treated to a brilliant evening of
entertainment, including a campfire and a magician.
Waddow organised several events
for Brownies throughout the Centenary. All Aboard for Christmas saw
Brownies visiting the Santa train at Preston Docks and going to see
a pantomime. Brownies also took over the seaside at Blackpool
Blitz in May 2010. Over 850 Brownies took part in this event, not
only taking over the entire beach, but visiting Blackpool Tower,
the Tower Circus and the aquarium.