I haven't had enough time to make uniforms for each of these branches - only Laura has benefited from a uniform. My younger daughter and I decided that the uniform featured should be a vintage South African Girl Guide uniform from the 1980s when I was a Brownie then a Guide. I still have my Guide hat and belt as well as my Basuto blanket which has my badges from Brownies, Guides and Ice skating stitched onto it. I also have photos of me and my sister wearing our uniforms. In the Brownies I was in the Hare six and in Guides I was in the Arum Lily patrol.
I was fortunate enough to attend a very enjoyable 75th anniversary of Girl Guiding in South Africa camp at Easter time in 1985 with about 100 other Guides from the Cape West district - making friends, singing around the Camp Fire, tying knots, craft and sporting activities being the highlights. I adored all the Guide camps I attended. The best thing about those camps was that Guides of all colours attended in mixed patrols despite it being the height of the apartheid era - somehow the movement was able to defy the Government of the day and it provided a wonderful opportunity to make friends with other children who lived in segregation from each other in our daily lives.
|Me wearing my Girl Guide uniform in the 1980s|
My girl plaited Laura's hair in two French plaits - she did a brilliant job even though they took ages to do.
|Laura in her uniform with my belt, blanket, hat and my daughter's modern Guide blanket with her Brownie sash stitch onto it|
|Close up of Laura wearing the South African 1980s Girl Guide uniform|
|My Arum Lily patrol badge surrounded by the 75th anniversary of Guiding in South Africa badges|
|Close up of my Guide hat and my Camper badge along with a badge from an international badge swap|
|My Girl Guide belt and whistle|
|Some of the badges on my blanket along with the shoulder colours for patrols (I was later in another patrol for a short while)|
|Close up of the hand embroidered badges|
|Laura and my 75th anniversary camp badge from 1985|