North-east Brownies enjoy Perthshire activity trip

Brownies from Aberdeenshire practice archery at the Dalguise activity centre.

Brownies from Aberdeenshire practice archery at the Dalguise activity centre.

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A group from Girlguiding Gordon recently took part in an activity-filled weekend in Perthshire.

The trip to Dalguise adventure centre, involving nearly 150 girls, was to mark the centenary of the Brownies.

The youngsters, aged from seven to 10, were from across Aberdeenshire including Belhelvie, Inverurie, Methlick, Oldmeldrum and Pitcaple. They were accompanied by around 30 leaders.

The visit saw them tackle the giant trapeze and swing, improve their aim with archery and tackle the facility’s abseiling tower.

Organiser Susan Hogg said: “It was a wonderful experience for all the Brownies and their leaders and an opportunity for them to try out many exciting activities but also to make new friends with Brownies from across the region.”

The girls enjoyed the chance to try new activities at the centre, an 18th century mansion once home to Beatrix Potter.

One Brownie from Inverurie said: “I enjoyed the climbing wall and got half way up.”

Another from Belhelvie added: “The giant trapeze was scary and nerve-wracking.”

Across the UK, thousands of Girlguiding members are taking part in special events and activities as part of the centenary celebrations.

Locally, youngsters are looking forward to their space-themed Brownie Starquest in September, but next month 144 have an extra special Big Brownie Birthday Bash to celebrate with a camping weekend.