First Minister tells Brownies to aim high

A group of Brownies got some advice from the top when Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon popped in to her former Unit to urge them to aim high.

Ms Sturgeon joined her old Brownie group, 5th Dreghorn Brownies, at their reopening ceremony yesterday (Thursday 5 March 2015) – telling them if they stick at Brownies and school they’ll learn that they can do anything in the world.

Ms Sturgeon, who was a member of the Dreghorn Brownies 35 years ago, has put her name to Girlguiding’s Girls Matter campaign calling on politicians to listen to girls in the run up to the General Election. The campaign, which has received cross-party support after a motion backing it was put to the Scottish Parliament in December 2014 calls on politicians to help create a more equal society for girls by pledging to implement eight calls for change.

The First Minister dropped in to mark the reopening of the 5th Dreghorn Brownies by chatting to the girls and hearing them make or reaffirm their Brownie Promise.

She talked to the girls about the exciting activities they have done since the group reopened in January, including Valentine’s Day and Mothers’ Day themed craft evenings and working towards Brownie badges. The girls also told Ms Sturgeon about all the exciting things they have coming up, including a pack holiday to M&Ds.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, said: “I was delighted to visit my old Brownie unit.
“Organisations such as the Brownies provide young people with a wide range of opportunities that nurture and develop their ambitions, their sense of achievement and the skills they need to succeed in life.

“My message to the girls was – aim high. Wee girls from Dreghorn can achieve anything!”
Sue Walker, Girlguiding Scotland Chief Commissioner, said: “It’s was really inspiring having the First Minister come along to talk to the Brownies and showing the girls that the sky’s the limit.

“The First Minister is not the only high achieving former Brownie on our books – several inspirational Scottish women have been Brownies and Guides, including writer JK Rowling, journalist Kirsty Wark, singer Lulu, Radio DJ Edith Bowman and TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.

“This shows us, like the First Minister said, that being a Brownie gives girls the chance to gain valuable life skills, discover their full potential and help them shoot for the stars.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

The Brownie Promise:

I promise that I will do my best:

To be true to myself and develop my beliefs,

To serve the Queen and my community,

To help other people

and

To keep the Brownie law.

Girlguiding Scotland is Scotland’s leading charity for girls and young women with more than 60,000 members. We are part of a worldwide movement which enables girls and young women to fulfil their potential and take an active and responsible role in society. Girlguiding opens up a world of exciting opportunities for girls and young women across Scotland. Girls can take part in a wide range of activities from adventure sports to camps, international trips, science projects and community action. Find out more @GirlguidingScot, www.facebook.com/GirlguidingScot or www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.