Brownies celebrate as Brigaders shine

A celebration of 100 years of Brownies

Cayman Brac Brownies are wasting little time when it comes to catching up with their Brownie sisters in Grand Cayman since launching the club last October. 

Swearing to uphold the promise to do their best, be true to themselves and serve the community, the girls joined hands with their Grand Cayman counterparts to celebrate 100 years. 

In Cayman, the girls enjoyed a “Big Brownie Birthday Stay Over” bash in North Side. The group spent the weekend enjoying activities such as beach walks and clean ups, crafts, recycling, learning new songs and games, hosting an indoor camp fire, being cooks and hostesses, being part of a sanitation team, and meeting other Brownie leaders. 

For their participation, the Brownies all earned their Big Birthday Stay Away Badge. 

New friends 

On the Brac, Brownie leader Lynne Walton said, “The size of the Brac limits children’s exposure to other people, communities and cultures. Celebrating the 100 years was a great opportunity for the girls to visit the Cayman community.” 

She said the girls are making their presence known around the Brac community by working on their cooking, entertainers and swimming badges, as well as trying to raise funds for a camping trip on Little Cayman.  

The girls are also looking to have a farming experience with the Department of Agriculture and hold a future cooking school to get cooking their own foods. 

Ms. Walton said, “The Girl Guides is one of the best organizations in the world for offering girls the opportunity through travel to reach out across borders with an emphasis on empowerment, tolerance, respect, discipline and understanding.  

“We are proud to be able to support and mentor these precious young girls on the Sister Islands.”  

The Brac Brownie unit meets every Thursday 6-7:30 p.m. at Creek Infant School with leaders Angela Johnson, Ms. Walton and Stephnie Hopkins. 

Fundraising for Little trip 

The Brac Brownies are trying to raise funds for another stay away, possibly a camping trip to Little Cayman. 

“Most of the girls have never really camped and fundraising on the Brac is very difficult, with the high cost of living and air travel required for most ventures,” said Ms. Walton. 

On Grand Cayman 

Meanwhile, over on Grand Cayman, the Cayman Islands Girls Brigade ended their Camp-Shine for Jesus week at the Prospect Youth Centre. 

One hundred girls, in addition to officers and assistants, participated in workshops, lectures, storytelling, games and a bonfire. 

Throughout the days, during craft time, Explorers and Juniors made lanterns, a jelly bean poem, and potpourri candles.  

The seniors and Brigaders embroidered a Jesus bookmark and the girls later attended a workshop “Looking Good” by former Brigader Vicki King. 

Cayman Folk Singers also made a special appearance and engaged the girls in Cayman culture and folk songs. 

The story telling was led by Nasaria Chollette, who kept the girls and leaders laughing. The day ended in devotions with the gang heading to the beach for a bonfire and camp-out.  

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Fund raising on the Brac is very difficult with the high cost of living and air travel required for most ventures. Brownies Celine Christian (left) and Naihma Ordonez.

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