What is Holiday Brownies?
Holiday Brownies started in Gloucestershire in 2013 to create additional spaces for girls who want to be Brownies but are on waiting lists to join the unit of their choice. Since starting here, it has been spreading to other parts of the United Kingdom.
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 student-age adult volunteer leaders who 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 at Deer Park which enables us to run sessions out of doors as well as use the hall and kitchen.
Each year the programme is refreshed but it will offer a mix of skill development, team building, learning about Brownies, crafts and games - just like any Brownie programme.
We have access to some exciting activities at Deer Park so the girls may enjoy grass sledging, archery, tunnel games or low ropes. All the activities are risk-assessed and regularly safety assessed by RoSPA and are suitable for girls with sight or mobility problems.
At the end of the 3 days girls will be ready to make their Brownie Promise if they wish and we usually hold a Promise party so parents or friends can share in this special moment.
All girls receive a special T-shirt, Brownie books and badges, and all activities are included in the cost.
Holiday Brownies - Summer 2017
Holiday Brownies in the summer of 2017 will be open for bookings soon.
We will be running a Holiday Brownies programme from 21st - 23rd August 2017.
We would like all Rainbow Leaders to hand out 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 hand out the PDF flyer to any 7 year olds on their Join Us waiting lists 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, all the girls start out learning about Brownies together.
My daughter has additional needs. Can she take part?
Yes. We work with our additional needs adviser, you and the leaders to ensure any girl can take part in and enjoy the programme. We realise that at this age some girls can't read very well or may still need help with simple tasks - just let us know.
Is any financial help available?
If finance is a problem, please let us know. We can usually access grants to help. We treat any information of this nature with complete discretion
How do I get to Deer Park?
Unfortunately Deer Park is not well served by public transport. We will try to help you arrange car-sharing to help.
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 we can. Having made new friends at Holiday Brownies, sometimes switching with a new friend to a different unit can work brilliantly. Until she is placed in a unit we will keep in touch, offering exciting events at half-term, Christmas etc. to keep her moving forward with Brownies and, if possible, we will appoint a "virtual Brown Owl" who will make monthly contact by Skype or Facetime and support her to enjoy completing Brownie Badges. She is also invited to any County run events. Amy and Meg chose to stay with Holiday Brownies for 3 years as attending a conventional unit did not work for them. In their later years, they helped with the programme as our Sixers.
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 hard to continue their Guiding once they went to university. Holiday Brownies allows them to complete their Leadership Qualification and potentially other qualifications within Guiding in a way that fits in around the busy university schedules. If you are a Gloucestershire Leader who is currently at university, or perhaps you're a teacher with time to spare in the summer holidays then get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.
Out Holiday Brownie Leaders at present are Charlotte, Emily & Hannah.
They are supported by County Commissioner, Anne, who helps with the administration side of things.
You can email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org