Monday 20 June – Armed Forces Day

This year, Armed Forces Day is on Saturday 25 June for people celebrate the men and women who serve and have served in the Armed Forces.  Armed Forces Day began in 2006 as Veterans Day but was changed in 2009 by the then Prime Minster, Gordon Brown, who wanted to make sure that the Service people weren’t forgotten.  Armed Forces Day focuses mainly on celebrating living current and ex-servicemen and women; whereas Remembrance Day focuses on those who have died in Service.  This week, we celebrated Armed Forces Day – as most of our Brownies have parents in the military (and/or grandparents) we started with a “Show and Tell” of military memorabilia brought in.  Even Daffodil brought in a few bits and pieces from her time in the RAF including her hats, beret and medals. After dishing out her hats and beret for the Brownies to wear we moved on to our first activity.

Our drill instructor visitor was unable to come in the end so it was left to poor Daffodil to try and teach the girls the very (very!) basics of marching. Using distant and hazy memories from the last time she did drill in 2003 we sized off, formed 3 lines of 8, mastered the stand easy, stand at ease and attention commands and even had a go at marching! We forgot about saluting though!!

Back into the hall to continue with our fascinating show and tell before splitting into 2 groups: Tweenies with Snowdrop, Daisy and Blue Cheese to continue their pre-Promise prep and the rest in the main hall to complete a couple of activities. All the Brownies who have signed up for our weekend trip to Parva House filled in their bed picker forms. They picked 2 Brownies to share bunk beds with and picked 3 friends to eat with plus let Daffodil know if they needed a night light. We also coloured in a “We support the Armed Forces” poster to take home and put in our windows.  Once our Tweenies returned, we had the last 2 show and tells from Alyce and Olivia B before going outside to play games for the rest of the meeting.

Weekly Best Brownie was Jasmine who was nominated by Daffodil for a very brave, heart-warming and excellent show and tell about her Daddy who sadly passed away recently. Jasmine received a lovely certificate and Brownie pencil to keep and got to take home the trophy and dolly mascot for the week; our mascot penguin went to Emily H whose daddy is currently in the Falklands trying to find the penguins!

That’s it for now . see you next week!

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