Monday 24 January – Burn’s Night!

This week we celebrated Burn’s Night – always a favourite! Firstly though, we welcomed another new starter: Maddi was a Rainbow who during lockdown took a break from Girlguiding but we’re delighted that she has returned and joined our Unit! Our 4 new joiners Alicia, Iris, Maddie and Skyla joined Snowdrop, Bluebell, Sunflower and Blue Cheese to start working on their Tweenie/pre-promise programme. Emily S finished her Tweenie programme ready to take her promise next week. Ayda and Sienna sadly missed Brownies but will catch up at home so they too can take their Promise with Grace (delayed from December). We’re looking forward to getting out our toadstool ready.

We started our Burns Night with Daffodil reading the story of Robert Burns (or Rabbie as he is known). Robert Burns (1759 –1796) was a Scottish poet and lyricist best known for “Auld Lang Syne” and the poem “My Love is like a red, red rose”. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. Burns Night is the evening of his birthday (25th January) on which celebrations in his honour are traditionally held in Scotland and elsewhere.

Our first activity as a Six was to draw the Loch Ness monster by following a set of instructions read out by Daffodil; so for example, we started with “Draw 4 eyes” – despite no body being drawn yet and so on until we had 4 very unique looking Loch Ness monsters.  Then on to our version of the Highland games: using a fun name generator, our youngest girls picked out some fun clan names for their Six. Hedgehogs became the Mushy Marshmallows of 1st Waddington (RAF) Brownies, Rabbits to the Super Brownies and Squirrels to the Bonny Neckers. There were only 3 foxes at Brownies so the girls joined one of the other clans for these games.

Caber toss: Our cabers were a little lighter than the traditional pine pole as we used kitchen roll tubes but we still used the same technique of vertically holding it in our hands and tossing it upwards.

Haggis Toss: The girls lined Up and the object of the game was to throw our haggis (bean bag) down the line, without dropping it, and back up again. If it was dropped, the team had to start again.

We had a break for a well-earned drink and tasting of some traditional and well-known Scottish food and drink:

Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s heart, liver and lungs; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach.  Haggis is traditionally served with “neeps” and “tatties”, boiled and mashed separately, and a dram (a glass of Scotch whisky).  Most Brownies were very brave and adventurous and tried a sample which Buttercup had bought and cooked for us.

Irn-Bru (“iron brew”) is a Scottish carbonated soft drink, often described as “Scotland’s other national drink” (after whisky).  Due to it containing caffeine, the Brownies only had a small sample of this to taste with most liking it.

Lastly, we all enjoyed a piece of Scottish Shortbread.  Shortbread originally came from medieval biscuit bread, which was a twice-baked, enriched bread roll dusted with sugar and spices and hardened into a hard, dry, sweetened biscuit called a rusk.

Back to our Highland Games for a tug-of-war competition and some games. The final scores from were: Hedgehogs 60, Rabbits 45 and Squirrels 55 points.  All too soon it was time to go so this week’s awards: Best Brownie to Mia – Mia stepped it to cover both the Foxe’s Sixer and Second and did a superb job looking after Evie P and Maddie. Isabel received her Take Action and Know Myself theme awards. Isabel had completed the Zero Waste and Local History interest badges; we’d done the necessary skills builders at Brownies so she completed the themes by doing a few extra UMAs at home to build up her minutes and thus achieve the awards. Isabel actually received her Bronze Award for completing 2 themes at Christmas (there was a delay on the theme award badges).  Well done to both girls.

That’s it, next week we continue the Skills for our Future skills builder badge.

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