Who are 3rd Hartford Brownies?
Who are we and what do we do?
We are 3rd Hartford Brownies, a unit of 24 girls aged 7 to 10 and belong to Girlguiding UK.
We meet on a Tuesday night at Winnington Park Rugby Club during term time. Please note, we follow the Cheshire West and Chester term dates.
Our unit is run by Jude Cooper, helped out by Sarah, Lu and our amazing Young Leaders, Ellie and Alice. We also have Unit Helpers who come and help on trips and residentials.
Each week we meet up and have lots of fun playing games, earning badges, learning new skills, making things and much more! We wear our Brownie Uniform and make a very special Promise to! We work on our Brownie Programme, made up of Unit Meeting Activities, Skills Builders and Themes. Girls can complete Interest Badges in their own time which count towards Theme Awards.
Sometimes at school we're not allowed to shine as we aren't academically 'superstars' but at Brownies we can be ourselves and our leaders celebrate the fact that we're all different but we're all amazing in our own way! We may learn new skills but we learn so much more than what you can see as our Unit nurtures us in a way to help us grow as individuals. We get to go away twice a year with our Brownie friends; once for our Summer Sleepover where we get to hang out with our friends in a relaxed and safe environment, and then our main Unit Pack Holiday in October where we get to go further afield to places like JCA where we can challenge our comfort zones, have so much fun and get to try so many new things!
Sometimes people think we just sit around, knitting and baking but we can assure you, it is SO much more than that! Just check out some of our photos below for an idea of what we do!
Arial Trek course at JCA on our residential
Our Young Leader on the Zip Wire at Waddow on our main unit Pack Holiday, 2013.
What Do Our Parents Say?
Don't just take our word for it! Here's what some of our parents had to say:
"Our daughter’s confidence has improved dramatically since joining Brownies. She has been given lots of new opportunities to try new activities completely out of her comfort zone!"
"Totally professional and very organised. Fabulous Leadership. Fabulous activities on and off site. My daughter looks forward to going every week. Jude always goes the extra mile, like her text on Christmas Eve – Amazing!"
"My daughters love Brownies and have grown in confidence and independence since joining. For example, when at and adventure park after a Brownie trip away, my 8 year old tackled the ‘sky dive’ a 10m high leap, at her own request, something she would never have done before!"
"Both my daughters have been involved in Jude’s Brownies and they have loved the wide range of activities, the friendships and, of course, the holidays!! I would highly recommend this unit!"
"My daughter has made friends with girls outside her own school which means she has had other experiences and a wider social group. It’s nice to see her learn from, and respect, other adults and young people"
"Amazing, caring and fun environment! Brilliant leaders. Fantastic opportunities!"
"Both my girls are much more likely to try new experiences and work with other new people due to being Brownies. They and I have more confidence with school trips due to Brownie holiday experience. They are very proud to be Brownies and I, as both a parent and a leader, am very proud of them and their eagerness to try new things. 3rd Hartford Brownies is definitely the unit for my two girls and me!"