Maximum Brownie points: Ten-year-old awarded all 57 badges after defying the floods to complete final camping task
18:21 GMT, 4 December 2012
She'd earned her environment badge and scooped her stargazing award.
The last badge Brownie Louisa Scouter-Frost's needed was her camping one – which would have meant she had completed all 57 proficiency tasks.
However, the recent flooding threatened to put a
dampener on her ambitions as she struggled to find somewhere dry enough
to achieve her camping badge.
Louisa Scouter-Frost was not going to let some rain get in the way of her achieving her camping badge and getting a full set
Mucking in: The 10-year-old girl had notched up every other badge, completing tasks in Sport, Friend to Animals and Rider
But determined Louisa defied the miserable British to clinch all of the Brownie's proficiency badges – by camping in her leader’s back garden.
Louisa has worked diligently for the past three years to gain all the badges she needed to complete a 'full sash', but the rain threatened to wash away the 10-year-old's dreams.
Louisa earned the coveted badge
It was only when pack leader Carol
Spencer, known as Tawny Owl, came to her rescue and lived up to the
Brownie motto of 'lending a hand' and offered her back garden that
Louisa was able to set up camp and gain the rare achievement.
The determined schoolgirl first began collecting her badges after her older brother Cameron, 13, became the first Cub Scout in Devon to achieve all of his.
She first joined the 500,000-strong
Brownie movement in 2009 and began her quest at the 49th Exeter
(Havitree) Brownies where she spent 18 months before her family moved to
North Petherton, Somerset.
Louisa said: 'I am really proud and grateful to all of the leaders and other Brownies who have helped.
'When Cameron did all of the Cub badges I said that I would do the same, and now I have.'
Her enthusiasm saw her notch up 56 badges, from artist to world traveller and circus performer to gardener.
Top Brownie Louisa Scouter-Frost who has gained every one of the 57 Brownie proficiency badges
It was only when pack leader Carol Spencer came to her rescue that Louisa was able to set up camp and gain the rare achievement
FULL SET! THE BADGES THAT LOUISA NOTCHED UP
Brownie Camper, Brownie Camper Advanced,
Cook, Cook Advanced,
Finding Your Way,
First Aid, First Aid Advanced,
Friend to Animals,
Holiday, Holiday advanced,
Out and About,
Swimmer, Swimmer Advanced,
But when she tried to achieve her final
badge the wet weather meant Huish woods, near Taunton,
Somerset, were constantly water-logged.
Twhere Louisa, and five other members of her pack, planned to
spend two nights camping in tents and cooking on a wood fire.
After learning of Louisa’s plight Carol, who runs the 2nd North Petherton Brownies, decided to help the determined youngster and got permission to set up camp in her back garden.
She said: 'We tried everything we could to find a camp, in the end we decided to set the campsite up in my back garden.'
Although the weekend was damp, the six were able to prepare and cook meals.
They also enjoyed a fun weekend of outdoor ventures and arts and crafts.
And after their wet weekend they finally gained their badge.
The incredible achievement has meant that Louisa has joined only a handful of other girls in attaining the rare feat.
A spokesman for the Brownies said that it was a particularly unusual achievement to complete all 57 tasks.
He said that because the girls only have about three years to complete all of the tasks, few receive all of the coveted badges.
Other tasks Louisa completed to win her tally included mucking out horses after her weekly riding lessons and caring for her six guinea pigs,.
She also grew vegetables for the family meal and took up judo.
She also read more than 100 books in six months to gain her book lovers’ badge.
As part of the tasks, she had to achieve her 'circus performer' badge – which can mean learning how to walk on stilts, or take up unicycling.
Louisa also had to achieve her hostess' badge, which meant making an invitation for a friend to a sleepover or tea party, and decorating a room.
The Brownies are for girls aged between seven and ten-years-old.
Younger girls can join Rainbows, while older girls can become a member of the Guides.
Her family supported her throughout, with father Ray, helping her record her project work in journals and taking to the streets to videotape her progress in cycling proficiency.
Solange Rebours, Chief Commissioner of Girl Guiding South West England, 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.'
Girlguiding UK is the United Kingdom's largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women, with nearly 538,000 members including about 100,000 trained volunteer adult Leaders and supporters.
In 1907 Robert Baden-Powell held a camp for boys at Brownsea Island in Dorset to test his Scouting ideas and thus the tradition of Scouting was born, the Girl Guiding website says.
A small groups of girls, undaunted by the title, started 'Scout' activities too and in 1909 some female youngsters 'gatecrashed' the first Boy Scout Rally at Crystal Palace, London.
Their actions attracted the attention of Baden-Powell and they asked him to offer 'something for girls too'.
In 1910 the Girl Guides Association was formed – a separate organisation for girls – led by Agnes Baden-Powell, Robert Baden-Powell's sister.
In 2009 the Guides celebrated their centenary anniversary.