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Somerset Levels youngster earns every Brownie badge

PUBLISHED: 16:31 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 22:37 20 February 2013

Louisa Souter-Frost

Louisa Souter-Frost

Tenacious 10-year-old, Louisa Souter-Frost has been working diligently for the past three years turning every day situations into ways that can help her gain all 57 Brownie proficiency badges to complete a full sash.

Determination wins out


Meet the Somerset Levels youngster who beat the bad weather to succeeding a rare and great achievement

Tenacious 10-year-old, Louisa Souter-Frost has been working diligently for the past three years turning every day situations into ways that can help her gain all 57 Brownie proficiency badges to complete a full sash.

The 2nd North Petherton Brownie Sixer mucks out the horses after her weekly riding lessons, cares for her six guinea pigs, grows vegetables for the family table and took up judo in an effort to further herself.

Reading more than 100 books in six months of a book track challenge gained her the book lovers badge whilst stargazing and planet watching at the Norman Lockyer observatory, Sidmouth helped her on the way to completing the stargazers badge.

In keeping with pack traditions her energy and enthusiasm encouraged others, whether performing clowns act using just facial expressions and mime at a circus skills evening, learning first aid or creating crafts, her ambition never faded.

Her quest for the 57th and final badge was to take hedgehog six on a two-night camp in tents, providing an active programme and cooking on an open fire in the countryside to gain her advanced campers badge.

But for six months the wet weather continually water logged her chosen destination of Huish woods, south of Taunton, forcing her to turn to leader Carol Spencer for help.

Tawny Owl, Carol said: We tried everything we could over a six-month period to find a camp she could go on to complete her last badge and every time the weather flooded the site, so in the end we decided to set the campsite up in my back garden.

Although the weekend was damp, a plush cooker replaced the wet wood of an open fire giving the six a chance to prepare and cook meals whilst enjoying a weekend of outdoor fun and creating coloured glass trinkets with a theme of spooks and sweeties.

Family has played a strong supportive role in Louisas achievements: father Ray helped her record her project work in journals and take to the streets videoing her progress in cycle proficiency, whilst older brother Cameron inspired her to reach her full potential after being the first cub scout in Devon to gain all his badges.

Louisa said she was really proud to have done all of the badges and grateful to all of the leaders and other brownies who have helped. going onto say When Cameron did all of the cub badges I said that I would do the same, and now I have.

Chief Commissioner Solange Rebours said: Guiding provides opportunities for girls and young women to reach their full potential in a safe, girl only space. I am delighted that Louisa has been able to enjoy all that Guiding offers as she has worked towards her badges and enjoyed many different experiences supported by her leaders.

Find out more about Brownies and Guides at:girlguiding.org.uk

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