Brownies returns to Portugal

Brownies returns to Portugal

In September, the 1st Estoril Brownies opens its doors for the first time with mid-week evening meetings, offering girls aged 7-10 an opportunity to meet and have fun. 

Say organisers, “Brownies offers a balanced and varied programme where girls learn new skills, participate in group activities and embark on adventures”.

The programme is flexible to ensure that the girls have a say in which activities are included at meetings, that they are given time and help to prepare, and that they are doing things they enjoy.  There can be opportunities to try new things, like taking activities outdoors or to have a taste of going away by setting up a camp or having a sleepover during a regular meeting.

Brownies is part of Girlguiding, described as the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK, with over 320,000 members. Supported by over 80,000 volunteers, Girlguiding is active in the UK and in many parts of the world through British Girlguiding Overseas (BGO).

“It gives girls and young women a space where they can be themselves, have fun, build friendships, gain valuable life skills, and make a positive difference to their lives and their communities,” reads a statement sent to the press.

Brownies returns to Portugal

“Girlguiding builds girls’ confidence and raises their aspirations, giving them the chance to discover their full potential and encouraging them to be a powerful force for good. Girls are given a space to have fun.”

Girlguiding has sections for age groups ranging from five to 18  – Rainbows (4–7 years), Brownies (7–10 years), Guides (10–14 years) and Rangers (14–18 years).

British Girlguiding Overseas (BGO) began as British Guides in Foreign Countries (BGIFC) in 1911 when the 1st Peninsular Guide Company was established in Porto, Portugal. Now there are units spread across the globe in UK Overseas Territories and in areas where it is impossible or inappropriate, for reasons such as language or culture, for girls to join the local national organisation.

“Safety and security of girls is paramount to Girlguiding UK, so all leaders are subject to recruitment checks, receive training and follow the Girlguiding Code of Conduct and safeguarding policies and procedures.  In this way, parents can be assured that their daughters are in a safe space whenever they are attending meetings or activities,” reads the statement.

If you or your daughters, aged 7-10, want to be part of the fun then you can find out more via the Girlguiding UK website where you can also register interest in being a Brownie or an adult helper.  Alternatively, you can email the unit leaders to find out more.

Girlguiding Website – https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/

Brownie Leader contact email – 1st.estoril.brownies@gmail.com