Posted by Sandra on May 19, 2014
With the sun beaming down all day, Cornwall Girlguiding celebrated 100 years of Brownies with a massive party for almost 2,000 girls and their Leaders at the Port Eliot estate at St Germans on Saturday.
Kindly hosted by Countess St Germans, the Star Quest event saw members of Cornwall Girlguiding coming together from all over the county; 250 of them making the journey by train from as far down as Penzance whilst others clogged the narrow lanes around the estate arriving by minibuses, coaches and cars to join in all the fun.
In addition to Brownie units, Guides, Rainbows, Senior Section and Trefoil Guild members from all over the county were in attendance, with the Trefoil Guild members also being given an exclusive private tour of the house after meeting Countess St Germans.
Kicking off with a huge Opening Ceremony on the lawns in front of the beautiful house, the girls then spent the day tackling trails around the estate, making their own Brownie Birthday Momento Books, learning some nifty elephant-themed craft (the St Germans coat of arms includes an elephant) and enjoying the sprawling Fun Zone of swing boats, bouncy castles, stilt walking, bubble makers, giant Jenga, splat the rat and much, much more.
However, highlights of the day were when each of the 120 units remade their Guiding Promise together in the famous Port Eliot maze before finally coming together en masse for an extra special Closing Ceremony to celebrate the milestone birthday, sing, dance and eat lots of cake!
Chris Davey, County Commissioner for Cornwall Girlguiding, said: “What an absolutely amazing event. All I’ve seen all day is masses of smiling faces as the girls had lots of fun, made new friends and tried a fabulous array of activities. We owe Countess St Germans a huge thank you for letting us hold this very special event in the grounds, and for making the Brownie Birthday so memorable for all our members.”
In addition to the elephant-themed craft on the day, which included making a giant ceramic elephant mosaic, all members of Cornwall Girlguiding have also been raising funds for the Elephant Family charity as part of the birthday celebrations. These funds will be used by the small charity to help protect the Asian elephant and its habitat.