In 1914, Lord Baden-Powell formed a group for girls called Rosebuds. The group was renamed Brownies the following year, after the girls complained they didn’t like being called Rosebuds. The name ‘Brownies’ comes from the story The Brownies by Julia Horatia Ewing, written in 1870. A version of this story is still used today to teach girls that they can be helpful.
Brownies become a member of a six such as Badger, Fox, Mole, Squirrel, Hedgehog and Rabbit. They often follow a programme called the Brownie Adventure, which is split into three sections:
You - where girls build confidence and self-esteem
Community - where girls are encouraged to be active within their communities
World - where girls learn about the wider world.
Brownies meetings are fun and varied, featuring arts, crafts, cooking, games, visitors and projects. Brownies can work towards a wide variety of badges, such as the Environment Badge, the Science Investigator Badge and even a Circus Skills Badge! They might go on Pack Holiday, and participate in events with Brownies from around the country.
When a Brownie is approaching her tenth birthday, she may start working on the Brownie Adventure On programme, which introduces her to Guides.