1st Waddington RAF Brownies
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Brownies at Home

What an extraordinary term this has turned out to be. Little did we know, as we locked our meeting place door in mid-March, that it would be our last face to face get together for some time.  The current situation sadly scuppered our exciting plans for a jam-packed weekend at Heckington, but the steady rise of the virus hadn’t banked on the super motivational skills of our Leader, Daffodil.

Ever calm in a crisis, Daffodil immediately set to creating a special Brownies at Home programme complete with logo for girls to work on at home. This programme was part our first pack-up to be sent out to the Brownies; done just in the nick of time before the national lockdown started! A huge Brownie thank you to Brownie mum Bea as well as Daisy and Brownie Paige for helping Daffodil hand deliver all 24 packs.  By all accounts, the Brownies were delighted to receive them.

Our first Brownies at Home pack included a cool Badge Boredom Buster Challenge. This is a booklet with ideas from the Brownie interest badges as well as challenges such as making Easter bonnets, racing boats and designing dream bedrooms.  Also included was an Easter Challenge pack created by another Brownie unit, with lots of nature and animal themed activities. Lastly, a few surplus craft sets plus some mini-Easter chocolates and a fab Girlguiding pencil ensured our Brownies had plenty to do).

We have had a fantastic, enthusiastic response from the Brownies and their fabulously supportive parents. Photos and emails started coming in thick and fast.  Isla, Chloe and Aurora have been busy cooking up a storm for their baking badges. Eloise has started a gardening challenge by planting tomatoes, Evelyn made a video to talk about her dream job as a nurse, and Ellie and Gracie have been finding out about butterflies. Lastly, Sophie S has kindly volunteered to look after our shop planters ensuring they are watered and kept weed free during our forced hiatus.

Media Presence

Our Unit has also had a few mentions across the media. St Barnabas had to cancel their Colour Dash Fest 2020 that we were taking part in. However, wonderful Brownie parents opted to donate their entry fees instead of claiming refunds and the hospice made a smashing social media post to thank us. Over on Twitter, as well as lots of traffic on our @1stWaddington account, even Daffodil got a mention from @LincsPolice. On Facebook, Brownie Aurora has been reading bedtime stories to her friends and Buttercup has been running bonkers bingo sessions.

Thank you NHS & Key Workers
Before we go, most importantly, we would like to give a big mention to our Leaders who are still attending work full-time helping the NHS and RAF run smoothly – Daisy, Lavender, Blossom – we thank you for your service 😊

That’s it for now. Keep safe, keep healthy and keep calm! Article by Buttercup.
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