A Brownie, 10, has achieved all 58 badges – one more than anyone else

A Brownie, 10, has achieved all 58 badges – one more than anyone else

January 13, 2019

Schoolgirl, 10, becomes the UK’s most decorated Brownie by earning 58 badges in just three years – including ones for ‘toy making’, ‘circus performing’ and ‘crime prevention’

  • Amelia Wood, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, completed collection in three years
  • Brownies offer a total of 57 badges and Amelia quickly earned them all 
  • She also picked up a second ‘craft’ badge – meaning she has 58 badges in total 
  • It means the schoolgirl is now the most decorated Brownie in the UK  

A ten-year-old girl has become the most decorated Brownie in the country – earning a collection of 58 badges in just three years. 

Amelia Wood, of Leeds, set her sights on achieving each of the 57 badges offered by the Brownies – including ones for ‘toy making’, ‘circus performing’ and ‘crime prevention’.

The schoolgirl was so dedicated she even earned two ‘craft’ badges, bringing her total up to 58 – one more than any other Brownie in the country. 

Amelia Wood, of Leeds, set her sights on achieving each of the 57 badges offered by the Brownies – including ones for ‘toy making’, ‘circus performing’ and ‘crime prevention’ 

Ten-year-old Amelia Wood from Leeds, West Yorkshire has completed her Brownie badge collection with 58 badges – one more than anyone else in the country

She said: ‘The crime prevention badge was hard and canoeing was very scary but I managed to do it. I’m really proud of my Brownies badges and my friends are very impressed.’

Her mother, Helen, 41, believes Amelia’s determination and passion led her to completing the collection.


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‘When Amelia first told me she was going to get all her badges at seven years old, I didn’t take her seriously but I supported her at each step,’ explained Helen.

‘She would constantly ask if she could go to the library, park or wherever she could be in order to complete her next badge since starting Brownies.’

Now that the top Brownie has collected all 58 badges, she’s looking forward to joining the Guides and getting all of them, too 

The ten-year-old was inspired to accomplish the full collection after seeing her mother’s Girl Guide achievements.

‘Amelia was inspired after she saw a blanket covered with all my girl guiding badges that I take to all the camping trips, and she said she wanted to collect all the Brownie badges,’ explained her proud mother.  

‘She’s ended up with 58 instead of 57 badges because she works hard. She worked at home doing crafts and at the group because she enjoyed it so much.’

She added: ‘I remember when she had to do her canoeing badge, she was scared of the water but went out her comfort zone constantly to get her badges, I’m so proud of her.’

Helen, who is also a Girl Guide leader and a former Brownie, only collected 35 badges when she was Amelia’s age. 

Amelia, who wants to become a doctor when she is older, is just as proud of her own achievements, despite the tough journey she faced – but for now, she’s excited to join the Guides for girls aged 10 -14 in September.

‘Now that I’ve got my badges, I’m looking forward to joining the Guides and get all the badges too,’ she said. 

Speaking of her achievements, ten-year-old Amelia said: ‘I’m really proud of my Brownies badges and my friends are very impressed’

The girl group has also helped Amelia discover some hidden talents such as dancing, which has led her to join a local dance school. 

Group leader Karen Johnson, 50, said: ‘Amelia is the type of girl who has always gone above and beyond, if she thinks she can do it, she will.  Her achievement is incredible and a really proud moment for our unit. Amelia has done brilliantly.’

Amelia’s younger sister Annable, eight, is slowly following her sister’s footstep too and has managed to collect eight badges out of the 57 so far. 

‘I think she will go all the way through the girl guiding programme and come back as a leader, just like her mum,’ said Helen. 

‘Except, knowing her, she’ll try to lead all three groups guiding groups – Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.’  

The full set of Brownie badges

 

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