Wot so Funee? Brownie Pack Holiday

Wot So Funee?I recently spent my first nights away from my family. There was a lot of excitement, and a bit of emotion in the days before I went. I even said I didn’t want to go, but that was more out of compassion for Mummy’s impending peace and quiet limbo than an actual desire to forfeit the freedom of my first Brownie Pack Holiday.

I had my bags packed 3 days before departure, rising early each morning to double check I had everything I needed. I sniggered as Mummy attempted to paint my name on my matching plastic crockery – with nailpolish, as decreed by Brown Owl. I badgered about the requirement to shop for the red grapes I had been tasked with providing for the pack. And I slept in my sleeping bag, just for practice.

Come the big day, I was off like a ferret up a trouser-leg. As other Brownies clung to their parents and begged an extra hug – one of them even took one look at the dorm and went straight back home! – I efficiently unpacked, following the rules on my to-do list, and gave my mother a kiss, a big smile, and an instruction to leave.

Parents were promised one text message per day from their daughters. Mummy whiled away an hour and 33 minutes on Facebook asking online friends if I was alright. Madness, not only were they not with me, and so unable to give a sensible answer, but I was having the time of my life! When the text finally arrived, relief gave way to giggles:

"text from brownie camp"Needless to say, Bug had got over my departure thanks to Mummy finally caving in and buying him Skylanders as a consolation treat.

Eventually the time came for me to stop all the popcorn and candy-floss frivolity toilet-cleaning and waitressing duties of my break and return home to normal life. I was awarded a certificate. Mummy was worried I might have fallen victim to some kind of alien experiment where the little green men swapped me for another personality type.


Needless to say I set her straight on that misconception pretty much the next morning… 😉

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22 thoughts on “Wot so Funee? Brownie Pack Holiday”

  1. Sounds like you had a brilliant time, even with all the toilet cleaning and waitressing duties 😉

    • I think it has something to do with her staying up late in the dormitory that she fell asleep on the floor in the middle of a group session!

  2. Sleepiest is very cute….bless her. All that fresh air (I sound like a Granny)….

    And who are you kidding ‘a treat’ – admit it, you got Skylanders so that you could have a nice lazy weekend….and who wouldn’t… 😀

  3. Happy to hear you had a fabulous time GG. Must have been a stressful time for your Mum – also happy to hear that she’s doing fine!

  4. I am feeling rather deprived of the Brownie Epic experience – you have sold it well GG! Bet Mum is delighted to have her days filled again! 😉

  5. Wow that brings back memories. I just had visions of an orange plastic mug with a chipped name on it! Haven’t though of that for years. I think camp whether Brownies, Guides or school is an important part of growing up and finding your identity and confidence (not to mention a very important break for moms!)

  6. Ha! Love it. Times have changed since my day though! 1 text message a day??? When I was at school we were each allocated a carrier pigeon, and if it didn’t make it home, too bad. Loving technology…

  7. Goodness the boys don’t text from Cubs (not sure if they can use phone), glad it was Epic. Sorry we’ve not been very #funee lately, miss you and hope to catch up soon! Xx


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