What is Holiday Brownies?
Gloucestershire Holiday Brownies was set up in 2013 to allow girls on waiting lists for units the chance to take part in Brownie activities, enabling more girls to become Brownies. Since its humble beginnings here in Gloucestershire, it has spread to other counties and regions across the UK.
The programme is 3 days of fun and adventure for girls of Brownie age (7 and over) and aims to give them the equivalent of a full term of Brownies.
The 3 days are led by a team of highly dedicated and enthusiastic adult volunteer Leaders – many of whom are normally at university in term time and give up their holidays to run the scheme. All are fully trained, qualified and DBS-cleared.
The setting is our beautiful activity centre (our County Headquarters) at Deer Park, Cowley, which enables us to make the most of the outdoors as well as the indoor facilities. Each year the programme is refreshed but it will offer a mix of Brownie activities, badge work, team building, learning about Brownies, crafts and games - just like any other Brownie programme.
We have access to some exciting activities at Deer Park so the girls will enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, which may include grass sledging, archery, tunnels or low ropes. All the activities are risk-assessed and led by trained instructors.
At the end of the 3 days girls will be ready to make their Brownie Promise if they wish and we hold a Promise party so parents and/or friends can share in this special moment.
The cost of the 3 day programme includes all the activities, books, badges, crafts, daily snacks (but not lunches) and a special Holiday Brownies T-shirt for our new recruits to wear while they are with us.
Holiday Brownies - Summer 2018
Bookings for this summer's Holiday Brownies are now open.
We will be running a Holiday Brownies programme from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August 2018 (inclusive). The days last from 9am until 5pm with the exception of the final day when friends and family join us to watch the Promise celebrations and we finish at 6pm.
We would like all Rainbow Leaders to distribute the PDF flyer (linked below) to their 7 year old Rainbows who will be moving on to Brownies in September or who are ready to move on but there is no space available locally.
We would also like all Brownie Leaders to distribute the PDF flyer to any 7 year olds on their waiting lists (or those who will be 7 by August) whether they will be offered a space in September or not.
Frequently Asked Questions
My daughter wasn't a Rainbow. Can she be a Holiday Brownie?
Yes, Holiday Brownies is open to all girls (aged 7+) on waiting lists for Brownies.
My daughter has additional needs. Can she take part?
Yes, as with any Brownie unit we will work with you, our additional needs adviser, and the leaders running the programme to ensure every girl can take part in, and enjoy, the activities. We are happy to discuss any of this with you.
Is any financial help available?
We want to ensure that any girl who would like to join us is able to do so, so if the cost is a problem please do let us know and we will look into other ways to offer additional support with this.
How can I find out more?
What happens next?
We work with Brownie Units to help find a space for your daughter as soon as one becomes available. Having made new friends at Holiday Brownies, sometimes switching with a new friend to a different unit can work well as they have more confidence to make new friends.
Until she is placed in a unit we will keep in touch, and she may continue working on badges at home. There may also be other Brownie events that she is able to attend
Holiday Brownie Leaders
Our holiday Brownie Leaders are primarily students. Most of our Leaders have been attached to a regular unit whilst they've been doing their A-levels but found it difficult to continue their Guiding once they went to university. Holiday Brownies allows them to continue their Guiding, complete their Leadership Qualification and potentially other qualifications within Guiding in a way that fits in around their busy university schedules. If you are a Gloucestershire Leader who is currently at university, or perhaps you have time to spare in the summer holidays then get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.
Our Holiday Brownie Leaders at present are Charlotte, Hannah, Elin and Sorcha.
They are also supported by County Commissioner, Anne, and Growing Guiding Coordinator, Lizzie, who help with the administration side of things.
You can email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org