to buy guide camp blanket for brownies?

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Dd1 is nearly 9, dd2 is nearly 7, joining her sister in brownies at christmas. Dd1's sash is full and so was wondering about getting a camp blanket for each of them and start putting badges on there instead. Also if I can be bothered to transfer their rainbow ones. I figure that neither will want brownie blankets in guides, so thought would be more worthwhile getting guide blanket. Or maybe just a standard plain blanket? Their leaders are v relaxed so sure won't mind whichever I do - not sure what peers will say though. They tend to have one holiday and one sleepover a year.

fridayfreedom Fri 06-Sep-13 20:14:35

I bought fleecy blankets from sainsburys , £5 each . Easy to wash and to sew onto.

Almostfifty Fri 06-Sep-13 20:14:42

Any blanket will do! I'm a Scout Leader and we have all sorts.

mrsjay Fri 06-Sep-13 20:15:31

go to primark get one of their fleecey blankets dont waste money on a brownie one, they might not go to guides or stay for long

mrsjay Fri 06-Sep-13 20:15:44

or a guide blanket*

cowmop Fri 06-Sep-13 20:17:21

DD has the ones that won't fit onto her sash sewn onto her gillet. She also has a camp blanket, but just a bog standard one with her Rainbow badges on, when she goes upto Guides next month I have the joy of transferring what looks like about 50000 badges onto the blanket. It seemed like a good idea at the start! grin

foslady Fri 06-Sep-13 20:33:49

I got my dd a plain blue fleecy one and sewed them onto this. What I did do though was start half way up one of the side edges with the rainbow ones, worked along the base and then started up the other side. That way when she's at camp, she can fold it lengthways, still have her badges on show and keep herself (and a couple of mates sitting either side!) warm

That's what I worry about cowmop and as you say mrsjay they may not stay long - I think dd1 probably will - she's already lining herself up to volunteer@ rainbows but dd2 may well defect to scouts at some point. The guide ones are 8:50 so not too much but a waste if they never go. They don't bother with gillets, they are v laid back.

MaureenMLove Fri 06-Sep-13 20:39:19

Get any old blanket! The Guiding ones are pretty small anyway.

And btw, for those not looking forward to sewing all the badges from Brownies to Guides blanket - don't! Sew the Brownie blanket onto a bigger blanket! Right in the middle and start with the Guide ones around it! grin

BrokenSunglasses Fri 06-Sep-13 20:42:04

Go for the guide blanket.

I once wished I had gone straight for the scouts poncho instead of the cubs one when I was dutifully unpicking and resewing badges one night. I think just go with whatever you and your daughter like best, these things are quite personal so you can't go wrong.

cashmiriana Fri 06-Sep-13 20:45:50

Oh dear, bad mother alert here.
My DD1's guide badges are in a heap in my kitchen drawer.
She's just got her Baden Powell award and is now a Young Leader so it doesn't seem to have scarred her too much.

I think I'd be very impressed by any kind of camp blanket, and feel faintly ashamed. blush

Wondering about putting swimming badges, road safety too - keep them all in one place! Good tip about the positions of the badges too.

Although cash by that stage maybe she can learn to sew her own badges on - you are really enabling her development.

Lemonsole Fri 06-Sep-13 21:07:46

I bought a square of fleece, machine hemmed it, and chopped a head hole in the middle. It's home to all badges - swimming, gymnastics, any camp site we visit and very portable gifts from travelling grandparents and uncles. Started them in centenary year, when DD and DS were 2 and a babe, and they have recorded their lives ever since.

Maryann1975 Fri 06-Sep-13 21:22:55

I'm a brown owl, but please don't get her a brownie blanket. Who wants a brown camp blanket?? The guide one is navy blue, a far nicer colour, or just buy any blanket and sew the badges on. As a brownie leader I would just be pleased they had a camp blanket and had their badges sewn on it.

MrsFionaCharming Fri 06-Sep-13 21:35:25

I wouldn't get one of the official blankets. They look very smart, but I'm 5'7 and mine is too small to cover my feet when lying down! But there's no way I'm picking them all off to sew onto a new blanket!

marriedinwhiteisback Fri 06-Sep-13 21:38:43


I transferred all the badges to the guide blankey. Tis a lovely thing to have smile

Now dd is 15 - the cats just love it in their big basket.

I once had a vision of it being turned into a poncho weighed down with badges like her guide leader's.

Don't sweat the small stuff OP.

IneedAyoniNickname Fri 06-Sep-13 21:58:57

My camp blanket is a massive woollen one, (I didn't even know there were brownie and guide ones)
It has my brownie and guide sashes sewn on, plus cloth badges from everywhere and anywhere that I've been. I'm going to add my swimming badges too, thanks to whoever suggested that smile
I never camp without it, even now.

Lemonsole Fri 06-Sep-13 22:59:12

If you're feeling crafty, print out her name in a huge font, use it as a pattern to cut the letters out of felt, and appliqué them on. Voilà: personalised blanket.

JazzTheDog Fri 06-Sep-13 23:00:46

My camp blanket is a bright orange fleece from Dunelm, it was about £4 and it's great because it's so bright I know it's mine at a glance!

mine is a really, really old Great Western Railway 2nd class Sleeper blanket (yes really, it came from my grandad!)

It doesn't have a poncho hole in the middle, but a loop and toggle on the side, so it is more like a cloak. It has all my brownie, guide and venture scout badges on, plus swimming ones, places i've been to and handed down scout badges from my dad - my mum still has her camp blanket with her guide badges on!smile

My kids just have any old fleece blankets with the badges sewn on to, and mine is so much bigger and warmer!!

(DH never went to scouts, so doesn't have one - he moans about being cold but won't wrap himself in a blanket....confused)

So to answer your question OP, any blanket is fine (and you can sew the whole sash on, not individual badges)

Whole sash you say...

lemonsole they will think I've gone personalisation mad - just bought towels today to make personalised hoodie towels for swimming!

Not sure how this whole poncho hole thing works - do all camp blankets look like this (or toggle thingy)? deprived childhood as my brownies didn't camp and gave up before guides so living camp life vicariously through dc are scouts the same? Though at 3 ds is a little young he won't want to miss out at Christmas and if they start buying badges at campsites. I thought they would just be, well, a blanket. Might need to ask Brown Owl if she has one I can look at.

chickensaladagain Fri 06-Sep-13 23:30:19

My mum recently presented me with my old camp blanket

With all the badges removed and placed into an envelope


Any blanket will do, I've got a red tartan one

I tell my guides to sew the whole sash on, guide badges go straight onto the blanket, we don't put them on uniforms

I wouldn't bother creating a poncho unless they go on numerous camps a year, blankets left in tact are much more sociable

Pilgit Fri 06-Sep-13 23:36:57

Both my DD's have guide ones (4 and 9 months yes, they both have been to Guide camp 4 year old has her 25 nights away badge already.....) as I figured they were going to be using them all the way through and for quite a while before as I run a guide unit and we go away a couple of times a year! It's not part of official uniform so it doesn't matter - any blanket will do. For the DD's I've turned down one corner and put a toggle and loop on to tie it round the neck and give them a hood. I use a blue fleece poncho I got from one of those catalogues you get with the sunday papers. I made a 'sith lord' one for DH.... (I do realise just how sad this post has made me sound...!)

BackforGood Fri 06-Sep-13 23:41:07

With my dc, they were all given a navy fleece blanket as a gift at the Scouts centenary back in 2007. With my 2 younger ones, I folded them in half and tacked them into a smaller cloak, but sewed the badges on through one thickness, so I can unpick the stitches when they are big enough to prefer to use the whole blanket as they grow older/bigger.
I only put Scout badges on though, not swimming ones or anything from outside of Scouting. These are just for camps, so just have Scouting stuff on, and have filled up a lot over the years.

MrsMook Fri 06-Sep-13 23:47:47

I'd better start work on DS1 and 2s'. We went on our first camps this year- DS2 was 15wks, DS1 is 2, but he also went on camp when DS2 was born- that's what happens when your Godmother is Brown Owl! Yep, my 2yr old got to go on his first camp before me. envy

I've got two Primark blankets sown together with a gap. I need to check the length as it was made when I had a bump and suspect that it may now be too long...

Tesco and ASDA do nice blankets. IKEA is good for cheap.

LittleDragon Sat 07-Sep-13 00:18:36

The guide ones are too small really, just get a decent sized wool blanket, make it into a poncho by putting a T slit in the middle and then they can use that for brownies guides and senior section (if they go that far)! Scouting say as long as its a dark colour it doesn't matter iirc.
I have badges from when I went to brownies, cubs, scouts, guides, rangers and ones I'm collecting as a leader, as well as the ones I've got from elsewhere as well including my swimming one. Ask your DDs what badges they want on their blankets as part of the Brownies programme is trying to teach them to make decisions (with guidance as needed)!

TheSlug Sat 07-Sep-13 00:35:58

Of course it's not unreasonable, the parents in my units do like to buy official 'uniform' things so blanch a little when I tell them just to buy any blanket they like, so will often suggest to buy the guide one instead of brownie. I figure if you're the type of brownie who wants a camp blanket, you're going to be in the movement for a while! My camp blanket is a fleecy one I bought in lidl a few years ago, it's huge and gorgeous, and I like it just as a blanket so I don't have a poncho hole. (My nanny sews my badges on though...!)

FatOwl Sat 07-Sep-13 03:39:31

I'm a Guide leader and I have the Guide one for my badges.
It is too small really and I wish I'd bought a non-Guiding bigger one.

My Young Leader DD just bought a lovely green fleece blanket with an embroidered Welsh dragon on the corner for 10 quid on our recent holiday to Wales and is currently sewing all her badges onto it, looks lovely

If you have a Brownies sash full of badges, just sew the whole sash on- have seen several like that, looks fab

FatOwl Sat 07-Sep-13 03:42:48

Forgot to add, my dds Guide unit (not my own unit) did camp blankets as an activity for the Guiding traditions badge.

They went and bought a whole load of fleece by the metre, girls got to choose a colour, they taught them to blanket stitch around the edge and cut a head whole and they sat and sewed badges on - you would think the girls would think that was a bit lame, but they all LOVED it. Mainly because they had time to just sit and chat while sewing!

BrokenSunglasses Sat 07-Sep-13 09:49:51

We put all sorts of badges on ds's scouts poncho, it's huge so plenty of space. If we visit places we look out for nice badges in the gift shops for some extra personalisation, the most recent is a Hogwarts one from the Harry Potter studio. I think I love the thing almost as much as ds does!

Sokmonsta Sat 07-Sep-13 10:02:49

I'm justa rainbow leader. I've just bought a brightly coloured fleece to sew all my old brownie and guide badges on. Guide badges on on sash still but it's personal preference not to sew whole sash on as I think it looks better having badges in neat rows.

Groovee Sat 07-Sep-13 10:15:49

A lot of guiders buy blue ikea fleece blankets. get 2 and sew together to make a poncho.

Lemonsole Sat 07-Sep-13 10:42:31

Fleece is so much snugglier than scratchy wool - DH's is dead itchy, but the DC's are lovely. So cross that it's getting harder to get souvenir badges! I mean, you can't put a sodding fridge magnet on a blanket, can you..grin

Thinking about getting this looks quite snuggly, not guiding blue or scouting green. Will maybe check with Brown Owl who also runs guides.

redexpat Sat 07-Sep-13 11:26:54

I got an ex army woolen blanket to transfer my bagdes on from the really ugly picnic blanket that I got when I was 11. It's not scratchy at all. Don't get the GGUK ones - they're dry clean only. Colour is completely irrelevant, honest!

At Jamboree in Norway this year I noticed a lot of the scandanavians had hoods on theirs, and names on the back which looked rather lovely.

mrstigs Sat 07-Sep-13 11:56:08

Can i just ask, do you guys put these badges on their uniform whilst they are in scouts/rainbows etc then transfer onto blanket when they move up a group?
I've only just started learning all this (ds is in beavers, dd1 in rainbows) and atm all their badges are on their uniforms. Should i be putting them straight on blankets?

redexpat Sat 07-Sep-13 12:05:08

mrstigs on the uniform, then transfer when they go up a group. Although some interest badges are transferable, I think the ones with stages so check with the Guider. Also when they get bigger they'll start getting badges from specific camps that go straight on the blanket, as do any swopped badges (from international visits/visitors).

Almostfifty Sat 07-Sep-13 12:05:15

Yes, mrstigs that's the way to do it. But not the stage badges, such as IT and swimming. They go on every uniform.

Lemonsole Sat 07-Sep-13 12:12:32

Mine are on a huge navy hoodie, which means that I can run camp fires without setting fire to myself via a trailing blanket. smile

nickelbabe Sat 07-Sep-13 12:13:44


nickelbabe Sat 07-Sep-13 12:15:52

pressed post by accident (not sure how...)

get an army surplus blanket if you can, because they're the best for camp when she gets to guide age.

mine has got a hole and neckcuff in the middle to make it a poncho for camp, as well as a blanket - very practical.

mine has my Brownie and Guide badges on one side and then other badges on the other side (as in, when you've got it on as the poncho)

my dad still collects camp blanket badges when he goes anywhere new grin

SoupDragon Sat 07-Sep-13 12:15:57

I bought large fleece blankets from Ikea - a T cut in the middle turns it into a poncho.

I've put all sorts of badges on - swimming, Scouts, attractions... and on the back I"ve put flags of the countries they've visited sort of. A large number are still in the tin waiting to be sewn on

nickelbabe Sat 07-Sep-13 12:16:15

mine is grey - colour doesn't matter

nickelbabe Sat 07-Sep-13 12:18:19

yeay Soupy - we're definitely twins grin

nickelbabe Sat 07-Sep-13 12:22:58

I would definitely say do the poncho thing - i have my blanket in the car for emergencies/picnics/cold evenings and i've used the poncho-ness several times as an adult.

Lottiedoubtie Sat 07-Sep-13 12:24:26

Colour doesn't matter.

Size does- you want adult size.

I'd avoid fleece it just doesn't last in the same way as a traditional blanket.

Colour/officialness is totally irrelevant IMO.

Yes to putting all types of badges on them, I've had mine since I was 5 and it's a great record. It is large and not fleecy- but it is pink! <cheers mum!>.

MmmmWhiteWine Sat 07-Sep-13 12:29:57

This is all new to me....despite having had two DDs in Rainbows and now in Brownies I've never heard of, or seen, such a thing as a camp blanket. All the girls in our units just sew their badges onto their uniforms. Are we out of touch?!

flakjacket Sat 07-Sep-13 12:34:51

DD1 and DD2 have the brownie blanket. I have just finished sewing all DD2's Brownie badges on to it because she's moving up to Guides and they were all on her gilet hmm. The quality of the fleece is a bit crap tbh and I wish we'd gone for a different one, but we were given the hard sell by Brown Owl. Lots of the Guides still have the Brownie one - it's like a badge of honour. DD1 says she's going to get a Guide one and sew it on to the Brownie one to make it bigger...

AnnaBegins Sat 07-Sep-13 12:39:55

Mine is soft and pink, definitely not official, cut down to single bed size (so it doesn't drag in the mud), with every kind of badge on it - guide, scout, tourist badges from places I've been, swapped badges from other countries/camps, badges I've bought/swapped from other guidey people, patches for bands, music festival wrist bands, charity badges, school badges, it is a record of my life and I love it. It is now full, and every time I want to sew on a new badge I have to move 3 others...

Just get a lovely soft blanket and be prepared for sore fingers from the sewing! I've added "pockets" to mine for the pin badges so I can take them off in one go and wash it, I've seen ones with sashes sewn on whole and they look great!

I spread my badges out from the start but now regret it as I have to move them to optimise the space, so you may be best starting at one end.

There is a facebook page for badge swapping/buying when they get a bit older, and when you send them off to camp make sure they take spare badges (buy them from the fb page or the girlguiding shop) then they'll come back with a load more!

WhiteWine not out of touch don't worry, camp blankets only come into their own when they run out of space on their uniform or start going to camp. They're more relevant in Scouts as there are certain badges they can't wear on uniform, or only for a set time.

AnnaBegins Sat 07-Sep-13 12:41:48

Yay lottie pink blankets! Thanks mum too...

<I've been told that it is quite easy to machine sew badges onto blankets... of course I would never dream of doing that>

MrsFionaCharming Sat 07-Sep-13 13:47:12

Actually, thinking on it, I like that my blanket is quite small. It does mean I don't use it as a blanket to sleep under, but it also means I can fit it into a bag when going on International camps more easily. Mine has traveled around the world with me, fitting easily into my suitcase. A big woolen one wouldn't do that.

nickelbabe Sat 07-Sep-13 14:06:08

mine are all machine-sewn on

trice Sat 07-Sep-13 15:08:56

I love fleece for indoors but it is positively lethal for sitting around a campfire. If you get an ember landing on it it melts and sticks to the skin. I have nice wool army blankets made into capes. They are very warm, slightly waterproof and fire resistant.

volestair Sat 07-Sep-13 17:29:28

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BackforGood Sat 07-Sep-13 18:02:03

Mrstigs My dcs have badges that have been 'superceded' ... so, when they get their '20 nights away' badge, then the '10 nights away' badge that is coming off the uniform goes onto the blanket, as an example.
Same with the 'participation' badges, as you only wear the current one.

They often will buy a badge at a campsite they have been to, as a momento/souvineer, and they go on.
Quite often there are occasions that are celebrated, where the badges are worn for that year - the Centenary (of Scouting) Badge was a good example, or last year's Diamond Jubilee badge, again, these go on when their 'time on the uniform' is finished.
Sometimes there are similar commemorative ones, if your dc's group has an anniversary or something more local.

Also they sometimes get a badge to celebrate a big camp, and they are only kept on uniform for that year, so then they go on the blanket.

Generally, blankets don't come into their own until they are Scouts, Explorers and Adults. There won't be many to come off during the time in Beavers, but may be some of the 'Staged' badges (they are turquoise with a purple border - for nights away, swimming, hikes, IT, First Aid, and music) as they go through Cubs.

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