Last Sunday, seventy Audlem Brownies, Guides, Leaders and Parents (former association members) gathered in Audlem to attend the Launch party – 'STARBURST' – for the Girlguiding Centenary in Congleton Park.
There they joined 3,500 other Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Trefoil Guild members (ex Leaders) from across the county to celebrate 100 years since the start of the Girlguiding Association.
The weather was fine and the girls excitedly mingled with other units whilst attempting to complete an obstacle course and climbing wall, take part in street dancing, participate in numerous crafts, make woggles, try campfire singing and to understand the difference between 'then' and 'now' camping to name only a few activities on offer. The list was exhaustive!
The afternoon was well organised by Commissioners, Leaders and Senior Section – including our year old Audlem Senior section – from across the county and after months of planning heralded a fantastic start to a year of extra activities, camps and national celebrations.
Although in 1909 a few girls turned up at a Scouting rally at Crystal Palace and asked if they could join, they were turned away with the retort that 'Scouting wasn't for girls'. When, a few years later, someone asked Lord Baden – Powell who started the Girl Guides, he answered: "They started themselves."
Happy 100th Birthday Girl Guiding!
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