Kate Middleton as a Brownie around 1990, and with the Scouts on March 28, 2019
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Kate Middleton joined he 1st St Andrew's Brownies pack in Pangbourne, Berkshire, when she was just 8 years old

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March 28, 2019 03:14 PM

Kate Middleton’s love of Scouting goes way back!

The royal mom visited the Scout’ headquarters outside of London on Thursday — almost 30 years since she was a Brownie herself.

Kate, 37, joined he 1st St Andrew’s Brownies pack in Pangbourne, Berkshire, when she was just 8 years old. She participated in the organization alongside her younger sister, Pippa Middleton.

As a Brownie, Kate would attend regular meetings with her troop, participate in community service and earn badges that she could pin to her sash.

In a picture taken around 1990, Kate sports the traditional uniform: a yellow sweatshirt with the Brownies logo, a brown skirt and a matching sash. On Thursday, Kate, who wore the traditional Scouting scarf, revealed she’d like to sign up Prince George and Princess Charlotte for Scouting too.

Kate Middleton as a Brownie around 1990
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Just like the Brownies are the junior level of the Girl Scouts in the U.S., the U.K. also has their own organization called Girlguiding, and the Brownies group is designated for girls ages 7-10.

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According to the organization, “Brownies introduces girls to a world of new opportunities, challenges and fun. Girls go along to camps, holidays, day trips and sleepovers. They get together with their friends at regular meetings where they learn new hobbies, get creative, explore other cultures and have outdoor adventures.”

Kate Middleton
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The Girlguiding organization is for girls ages 5 to 18 years old, while Scouts are for boys and girls from about 6 years old. Beaver Scouts are currently the youngest in the movement for kids ages 6 to 8.

Kate Middleton
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On Thursday, Kate spent time with parents, leaders and children who are taking part in trials for a new pilot program for the youngest Scouts. The pilot has been exploring the potential of providing Scouting to children between the ages of 4 and 6 as research has shown that the first five years of a child’s life are more important to the development, and future health and happiness, of a child than any other single moment in their lifetime.

Kate became a royal patron of the Scouts in 2012, following her royal wedding to Prince William in 2011.

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“The Scouts came about because of her love of the outdoors and because she wants to work with young people,” a royal spokesperson said at the time.

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“She approached them and said she wanted to be involved. They take children from all backgrounds into the great outdoors. They came up with the idea she should be a volunteer.”

Kate was also a Scouts volunteer when she and Prince William lived on the island of Anglesey in north Wales during the first couple years of their marriage.

“She’s used her experience as a sailor to help them with knotting,” a local Scouts source told PEOPLE at the time. “She’s been involved in managing games and joining in art and crafts activities. … We also pitched tents indoors in one of the sessions, and she remembered pitching tents.”

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