I was tidying a bit over the weekend and I found my old Brownie uniform. Since tonight was Brownies, I decided to take it along to show the girls what the uniform looked like back in my day.
It's been so long I had to go and look up what all the different badges meant, especially as it's changed a lot now. So far as I can work out from the internet, from top to bottom they are: Hostess, Jester, Cook, Pack Holiday, House Orderly, Swimmer, Artist, Wildlife (or possibly Conservation), Craft, Cyclist, Booklover, Water Safety. (If I've got any wrong, please tell me!)
When we showed the old uniform to the girls, I heard a lot of them saying "I wouldn't wear that!" which made me laugh because I was in Brownies when they introduced the new uniforms, and I said exactly the same thing about the new design. "Such a strange shade of khakhi," I said at the time. "Not brown at all. Brownies should wear brown." I still don't like the shade of khakhi, but at least today's Brownies have the choice to wear trousers, which is an advantage considering all the handstands and cartwheels they do.
I remember when I was a Brownie there was a lot of emphasis on it being an international movement - we used to learn about other countries and what life was like there, and occasionally we had pen-friends. Is there anyone out there who knows of any Brownies abroad who would like to write to a group of lovely girls in the British Cotswolds?? We don't have that many Brownies in our village but I'm sure they would all love to write some letters.