Friday 3 February 2017

What games did you play in the Brownies?

I used to be in the Brownies when I was a wee girl.  I loved it!  Working towards badges and being with my friends - it was great fun.  For some reason a game we used to play just came into my head - perhaps you know it - "port and starboard".

Everyone lined up down the middle of the hall and then one of the leaders would shout port - and we'd all run to the left hand side of the hall.  If she shouted starboard we went to the right.  Last one over was out!  There were lots of other things too like man overboard - you had to lie down and pretend to swim.  Captain's coming - salute.  Crow's nest - pretend to climb up a rope.  I'm sure there were others too.

A great way to get the smarty pants or big girls who could run fast out of the game was when the leader, once everyone was at port would shout "port" again and a lot of them would have started to run to the other side and were then "out".

Happy days.  Good exercise too.  Did you play "port and starboard" when you were young?

Love, Liz

You might be interested in the latest post on my other blog - The Greenockian.  It tells the story of a riot that took place in Greenock in 1820.  This is a memorial sculpture to those who died or were injured.


Ann at Beadlework. said...

I never went to Brownies but we played it at school and out on the street as well. It was a lot of fun.

mamasmercantile said...

Liz, I remember that game so well it was so much fun.

Marjorie said...

I now remember this game from Brownies in Canada.

Daisy Debs said...

Hi Liz , today you brought back happy memories of polishing that little brass pixie badge before going to the Brownie meetings . I can even smell the Brasso polish ! :) x

Julie said...

Yes, I remember it well. We also played it in the older guides too.

Gill said...

Yes, we played this too, and another, a ring game in which we sang

" Good evening dear Brownie,
How are you this fine day?
We'll dance in a circle,
And bow and pass on."

It was a very basic country dance movement and always a lot of fun!

Jean said...

Liz, you have brought back memories to me today. I was in the Brownies and I can remember this game and all the different badges to work towards and the toadstool in the middle of the circle. I was in the kelpies but can't remember the names of the other groups within the pack, I think there were pixies.

I have enjoyed reading your blog.