How many of you were Brownies? Originally called ‘Rosebuds’ but renamed to ‘Brownies’ in 1914, they were the youngest group in the Guide Association, first organized by Lord Baden-Powell in 1914 and originally ran by Agnes Baden-Powell, his younger sister.
Remembering your time in the Brownies will no doubt cause a multitude of memories, both good and bad, to come flooding back. And to help you with this we’ve come up with the following 12 Brownie memories that we believe all 80s girls will appreciate!
How many of these Brownie memories do you remember from when you were a child? And which other Brownie related memories should we have included? Be sure to let us know by posting a comment!
1. The Uniform
At the time we thought the uniform made us look unbelievably cool, but looking back, was that actually the case? Whatever the truth, yellow and brown is a colour scheme that we personally haven’t revisited since we became an adult!
2. The Woggle
If the word ‘woggle’ still makes us laugh, does it mean there’s something wrong with us? Tying our yellow scarf together (depending on the uniform type you wore), the woggle was a vital piece of our Brownie apparel, that was if we could find the damn thing!
3. The Toadstool
Remember dancing around the toadstool? And was it just our Brownies that placed tin foil underneath it to act as the ‘water’? All of this may seem strange to our adult eyes, but as kids we all thought it was completely normal!
4. The Sixes
Being placed in your first ‘six’ was an incredibly important event, especially if it put you in the same group as your best friend. And if you ever got promoted to the role of ‘sixer’, the head of one of these small groups, then you’ll remember how proud you felt!
5. The Promise
How many of you can still recite the Brownie Guide promise? There were variations, but it may have sounded something like this:
‘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.’
6. The Law
And who can remember the Brownie Guide Law? It was:
‘A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and does a good turn every day’.
7. The Owls
If you remember, all the Brownie leaders were named after Owls. How many of you were constantly getting told off by a Brown Owl or a Snowy Owl?
8. The Badges
How many badges did you earn? And who remembers taking up a new ‘hobby’ just so they could earn an extra one? There were a total of 57 badges, and we all remember that one girl who had tons of them!
9. The Camping Trip
Some of you will remember the massive excitement of going camping with your Brownie chums, whilst others will just remember being incredibly homesick!
10. The Songs
As Brownies we sang various songs which may differ depending on where you’re from. Who remembers singing this one?:
‘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’.
11. The Flag
Did any of you have the massive honour of carrying the flag at a local church service? Sadly the Brownie flag was always so much smaller than the other ones!
12. The Motto
Who remembers the Brownie Guide Motto? It was ‘lend a hand’, although sadly this was recently scrapped.