HistoryBrownies, originally called Rosebuds, were first organized by in 1914, to complete the range of age groups for girls in Scouting. They were first run as the youngest group in the Guide Association by , Lord Baden-Powell's younger sister. In 1918 , took over the responsibility for the Girl Guides and thus for Brownies. Originally the girls were called Rosebuds, but were renamed by Lord Baden-Powell after the girls had complained that they didn't like their name. Their name comes from the story "The Brownies" by , written in 1870. In the story two children, Tommy and Betty, learn that children can be helpful brownies instead of being lazy .
Italian historyIn , the term was maintained and also extended to boys, coexisting with .
United KingdomIn the United Kingdom, Brownies were originally called Rosebuds. Rosebuds was started in 1914 and was originally for girls aged 8–11. Rosebuds was renamed to Brownies in 1915. In 1937 became the first royal Brownie. Brownies is the second youngest section of Girlguiding in the UK; for girls aged 7–10. They work in small groups called sixes. Each six is either named after Fairies or woodland creatures. A six is led by a Sixer and has a Second who acts as deputy. The Brownie programme is called the Brownie Adventure. It is split into 3 parts: you, community, world. Brownies work towards interest badges, as of 2016 there are 57. These can be done in meetings with the unit or at home or in clubs such as swimming. Brownies can also work towards their Adventure badges. These are gained over a period of time and require girls to complete many different activities, such as going on an adventure, taking part in an activity with another unit and earning an interest badge. There are a few Brownie songs that some packs sing at the beginning of the meeting: :Come let us make a Brownie ring, a Brownie Ring a Brownie Ring :Come let us make a Brownie Ring, we hear our Brown Owl Calling. :Under the Brownie bridge we go, bridge we go, bridge we go :Under the Brownie bridge we go, because we are the..... (name of six is entered) This is usually sung as each six skips under the brownie bridge and into the circle. It is often followed by the next song: :We're Brownie Guides, we're Brownie Guides :We're here to lend a hand :To love our God and serve our Queen :And to help our homes and land :We're Brownie friends, we're Brownie friends :In North, South, East and West :We're joined together in our wish :To try to do our best There are slight variations of the songs. Some packs also sing one of the traditional songs to end a meeting, to the tune of the : :O Lord, our God :Thy children call :Grant us Thy peace :And bless us all :O Lord, this week :Thy children seek :Good deeds to do :And to be true :Good-night (everyone then salutes each other)
Motto, Promise and Law
AustraliaIn (where girls of all ages are now called Girl Guides) the Guiding Promise is: :I promise that I will do my best, :To be true to myself and develop my beliefs, :To serve my community and Australia, :and live by the Guide law. Prior to 2012, the Promise was: :I promise that I will do my best; :To do my duty to God, :To serve the Queen and my country :To help other people :and keep the Guide law. The Brownie Guide Law, prior to 1996, was: :A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and should do a good turn everyday. The Brownie Promise 1990:
I promise to do my best
To do my duty to God
To serve my Queen & my country
To help other people
And to do a good deed every day.Motto 1990: Be prepared. The Brownie Guide Motto, prior to 1996, was: :Lend a hand The Guide Law, Promise and Motto, which are followed by all ages of the guiding movement after 1996, are the Laws, Promise and Motto relating to the guide age group.
CanadaIn , the Brownie Promise is: :I promise to do my best, :To be true to myself, my beliefs and Canada, :I will take action for a better world, :And respect the Brownie Law. The Canadian Brownie Law is: :As a Brownie I am honest and kind. I help take care of the world around me. The Canadian Brownie Motto is: :Lend a Hand Old Promise: The old Brownie Promise is from the 1950s :I promise to do my best, :To do my duty to God and the Queen r "to God, the Queen, and my country":To help other people every day, especially those at home. The English Brownie Law is: :A brownie guide thinks of others before herself and does a good turn every day. The English Brownie Motto is: :"Lend A Hand" (LAH)
Hong KongIn , the Brownie Promise is: :I will promise to do my best, :To be true to myself, :To my God, and my country, and the country in which I live, :To help others and to keep the Brownie Guide Law. The Law is: :As a Brownie Guide, :I will care for my home, my community and myself. :I will do a good turn every day.
IrelandIn , the Brownie Promise is: :I promise to do my best, :To do my duty to my God and my country, :To help those at home everyday, :And to obey the Brownie Guide Law. The word 'God' can be replaced by the word 'faith' according to one's spiritual beliefs. The Irish Brownie Motto is: :Lend a Hand
SingaporeThe an Brownie Promise is:
I promise to do my best,
To do my duty to God,
To serve my country,
And to help other people,
and to keep the Brownie Law.The Singaporean Brownie Law is: :A brownie obeys and respect her elders. :A brownie thinks of others before herself. :A brownie tells the truth. :A brownie is neat and tidy. :A brownie is thrifty. :A brownie plays and works cheerfully. The Singaporean Brownie Motto is:Lend a hand
United KingdomIn the , the Brownie Promise is: :I promise that I will do my best: :To be true to myself and develop my beliefs, :To serve the Queen and my community, :To help other people :and :To keep the Brownie Guide Law. After a wide public consultation in spring 2013, the promise wording was changed for all sections. The Brownie promise before September 2013 was: :I promise that I will do my best: :To love my God, :To serve The Queen and my country :To help other people, :And to keep the Brownie Guide Law. The Brownie Guide Law is: :A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and does a good turn every day. The Brownie Guide Motto used to be 'Lend a hand' (LAH). With the introduction of the new programme in the United Kingdom, the motto was dropped for Brownies.
United StatesIn the United States, Brownies use the same ''Promise'' and ''Law'' as the other age groups of the .Girl Scout Promise and Law