Brownies celebrate centenary with all-night sleep over

Brownie units from across the North East enjoyed a celebratory sleep over to mark the 100th anniversary of the guiding organisation.

Groups from Peterhead and the surrounding area met at the town’s Old Parish Church on Saturday, March 15 and were treated to pizza and craft activities before bedding down for the night.

In the morning all the girls - aged from 7-10 - were invited to the church service.

Everyone who took part was also presented with a ‘Stay Away’ badge to mark the occasion.

Ailsa Merchant, who helped organise the event, said: “I’ve had some feedback and everybody seemed to have enjoyed themselves.

“It wasn’t just the girls here in Peterhead who took part eithere - two units were also sleeping over in Fyvie.

“All the kids did different craft activities themed around owls.

“Then in the morning we enjoyed a lovely service in the Old Parish Church.”

Mrs Merchant, who is part of the Fourth Brownie Unit in Peterhead, estimated that more than 200 girls took part across Buchan.

The Brownies were founded by Lord Baden-Powell in 1914 to complete the range of age groups for girls in scouting.

The group was first run by Lord Baden-Powell’s younger sister, Agnes.

The Brownie section is running events across the UK in celebration of the centenary, bringing opportunities to nearly a quarter of a million young girls.