Brownies earn badges with new circus skills

Youngsters from Rastrick ran away with the circus for the day to learn a variety of performance skills and earn their Brownie badges.

Members of the 2nd and 4th Rastrick Brownie unit spent the day with performers from the Moscow State Circus big top to enable them to gain a circus performer badge - part of the Brownie and Cub Scout curriculum.

Katy and Mika learn to juggle, during 4th Rastrick Brownies visit to the Moscow State Circus, Savile Park, Halifax.

Katy and Mika learn to juggle, during 4th Rastrick Brownies visit to the Moscow State Circus, Savile Park, Halifax.

Unit leader Gail Conlan asked the circus if it would be possible for the children to attend a circus workshop inside the arena which is based at Savile Park, Halifax, until Sunday.

“Part of being in the Brownies is to encourage the girls to come up with some activities themselves and they came up with the idea of circus skills, which we didn’t realise there was a badge for at first.

“All the girls have just thrown themselves into it. We could have done the skills using soft balls and things like that but to have all the skills taught to them and be given the opportunity to come here is fantastic.”

Eight-year-old Louise Curnick said: “It has been good learning about the circus skills and how to do the tricks,” and Natalie Bullock, 8, said; “It was scary at first going on the trapeze but you wanted to do it a second time.”

4th Rastrick Brownies at the Moscow State Circus, Savile Park, Halifax.

4th Rastrick Brownies at the Moscow State Circus, Savile Park, Halifax.

After the workshop the unit was given a talk by circus director Paul Archer and were given guest tickets for them to see the show.

The unit then presented the performers with a big thank you card for the day.