Bergvliet brownies ready for recruits

Melinda Lottering, who leads 1st Bergvliet Brownie Pack, pins a badge on the sleeve of Kate Pollock, who received her Creative Magic and Busy Brownie Adventure badges.

The 1st Bergvliet Brownie Pack reopens for enrolment on Wednesday January 25 for girls in Bergvliet, Meadowridge, Kirstenhof, Plumstead, Retreat, Heathfield, Constantia, Tokai and Wynberg.

The pack has a long history in the southern suburbs, having been around since the late 1940s and having celebrated the 65th anniversary of its official hall opening last year.

The reopening of school’s this week unleashes a slew of extramural activities for children to grow their minds outside of the classroom. Brownies is no exception. As one of the youngest sections of girl guides, it is open to girls aged 7 to 9, teaching them through crafts, games, life skills and outdoor activities.

“In brownies, we teach them to be good citizens by helping others and caring for their environment,” said Melinda Lottering, the adult leader known as the Brown Owl from the 1st Bergvliet Brownie Pack.

“We take them camping and hiking where they get opportunities to cook for themselves, make a campfire and follow a trail in a safe environment. Life skills such as first aid, sewing and civil preparedness are still a part of our curriculum, and all of what brownies learn is under the umbrella of our brownie law, motto and promise, which instil and encourage good values and respect for all.”

While cub scouts has been open to both boys and girls since 2000, brownies remains focused on girls exclusively.

“Single-gender activities open up leadership and assertiveness opportunities,” said Ms Lottering.

For more information, contact Ms Lottering at 1stbergvlietbrowniepack@gmail.com or 083 259 0906.

Brownies learning to make ice-cream with cream, vanilla and sugar mixed in bags, in front, from left, are Kenzie Stockton, Jessica Clegg, Zoë Rodgers-Vraagom, Kate Pollock, Lilly Martens and at the back are Madison Barnard (obscured) and Hunter Ford.