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Alex Lester

Brownies & Scouts


Brownies is part of Girlguiding and is for girls aged seven to ten.

Through regular meetings, special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays, Brownies learn new hobbies, play music, explore other cultures and get adventurous outdoors. Girls can also extend their knowledge and abilities by working towards Brownie interest badges covering many different hobbies and activities from Science investigator to Circus skills.

Brownies become a member of a Six, a unit with a name such as Badger, Fox, Mole, Squirrel, Hedgehog or Rabbit, and follow a programme called the Brownie Adventure. The name reflects the world of exciting opportunities, challenges and fun that is Brownies.

Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. By volunteering with them, you can help create amazing opportunities for thousands of girls around the UK.

Guiding happens thanks to more than 100,000 amazing volunteers – men and women who give their time to ensure that we are active all over the UK, and beyond.


Girlguiding welcomes volunteers of all backgrounds, ages, cultures, faiths and abilities. We are flexible and volunteering can be arranged to fit around a busy lifestyle. You can volunteer to help out with:
Rainbows aged five to seven
Brownies aged seven to ten
Guides aged 10 to 14
The Senior Section aged 14 to 26

Our incredible volunteers contribute more than ten million hours to guiding every year. Some give us a couple of hours here and there – helping out with driving for trips and holidays, fundraising and events planning, or even doing the annual accounts for local groups. Others give their time as Leaders or Assistant Leaders for units, providing girls and young women with a space where they can be themselves. Whatever your skills and interests, and no matter how much time you have to spare, one of our roles is bound to suit you.

Hayley went along to the 2nd Bispham St Bernadette’s Brownies & spoke to volunteers who run the group & the brownies who attend. 



Scouts is all about fun, challenges and adventure, they’re the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation. They change lives by offering 6 to 25-year-olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that they make a positive impact in communities.

Scouts helps children and young adults reach their full potential. Scouts develop skills including teamwork, time management, leadership, initiative, planning, communication, self-motivation, cultural awareness and commitment. They help young people to get jobs, save lives and even change the world.

Scouts take part in activities as diverse as kayaking, abseiling, expeditions overseas, photography, climbing and zorbing. As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world.


Their everyday adventure is possible thanks to their adult volunteers, who support Scouts in a wide range of roles from working directly with young people, to helping manage a Group, to being a charity Trustee. They help volunteers get the most out of their experiences at Scouts by providing opportunities for adventure, training, fun and friendship.

Their award-winning training scheme for volunteers means that adults get as much from Scouts as young people. Their approach focuses on what you want to get out of volunteering with Scouts, while respecting how much time you can offer. Over 90% of Scout volunteers say that their skills and experiences have been useful in their work or personal life.

Ged went along to the 23rd St Mary’s Scouts & spoke to volunteers who run the group & the scouts who attend


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facebook: Girl Guiding UK and Blackpool District Scouts 
website:  www.girlguiding.org.uk and www.scouts.org.uk