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Gallery: Youngsters blast off on star quest to mark The Big Brownie Birthday

PUBLISHED: 17:18 25 May 2014 | UPDATED: 17:18 25 May 2014

Massive Brownie event to celebrate 100 years of the organisation. Hallowtree Scout Campsite Nacton Ipswich. (NO NAMES).

Massive Brownie event to celebrate 100 years of the organisation. Hallowtree Scout Campsite Nacton Ipswich. (NO NAMES).

Hundreds of Brownies embarked on a cosmic star quest adventure to celebrate the 100th birthday of the organisation.

Around 220 youngsters from the Girlguiding Ipswich East Division met at Hallowtree, near Ipswich, to mark The Big Brownie Birthday with a space-themed spectacular.

The girls, aged seven to 10, travelled to Hallowtree on vintage buses from the Ipswich Transport Museum on Saturday.

The celebration saw the young stargazers travel through three time zones in the hunt for missing stars while taking part in challenges and enjoying new adventures en route.

Georgie Garrod, Ipswich East Division Commissioner and Brownie Leader, said: “Seeing Brownies from all over our local area come together to celebrate The Big Brownie Birthday has been fantastic.

“It was a pleasure to welcome the mayor of Ipswich to our event.

“The girls have really enjoyed the build up to the event and all the activities and the leaders who volunteered to plan the event have been a great team.”

The star quest story began with a trip to the past to learn more about the 100-year history of the Brownies.

In the afternoon, girls chose activity sessions based in the present day, including inflatables, crafts and geocaching.

The day culminated in a journey to the future where they enjoyed a science show before sharing friendship stars and travelling back home on modern Ipswich buses.

Miss Garrod added: “We had an absolutely amazing day and the Brownies really enjoyed all the activities on offer.

“It really was a special and memorable day for them.”

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