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3birthdaybunnies Fri 06-Sep-13 20:12:43

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

3birthdaybunnies Fri 06-Sep-13 20:36:02

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

3birthdaybunnies Fri 06-Sep-13 20:45:57

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

3birthdaybunnies Fri 06-Sep-13 20:48:21

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)

3birthdaybunnies Fri 06-Sep-13 23:22:02

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.

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