Brownie Basics

Brownies are girls aged between 7 and 10 years old.

The Hong Kong Brownie Guide promise is:

"I promise to do my best, to be true to myself my God/Faith, and my country, and the country in which I live, to help others, and to keep the Brownie Guide Law."

The 8 points of the Brownie programme are:

  1. Brownies do their best

  2. Brownies enjoy the out-of-doors

  3. Brownies help at home

  4. Brownies make things

  5. Brownies keep fit

  6. Brownies lend a hand

  7. Brownies are wide awake

  8. Brownies are friendly

The Hong Kong Brownie Guide law is:

"As a Brownie Guide:

I will care for my home, my community and myself.

I will do a Good Turn everyday."

Brownies can earn interest badges in a massive range of areas including:

 

Cycling   -    Swimming    -    Star Gazing   -    Art  -   Photography 

Calligraphy   -    Singing    -     First Aid    -    Dance   -  Environmental Protection

Pet Care    -     Computing    -     Writing    -     Gardening   -   Reading

Chinese Festival    -     Crime Prevention    -    Charity    -   Thrift    -    Friendship

Toy Making   -     Piano     -     Cooking    -   Road Safety   -   Collector....

The Brownie unit works in small groups called 'Sixes'.

They are lead by a Sixer, and there is a Seconder, her deputy.

Each Six is named after fairies or woodland folk:

There are two Brownie uniforms.

Dress uniform for special meetings and the polo shirt and shorts for regular meetings

A Brief History:

Brownies were begun by Robert Baden-Powell in the UK in 1914 and have been going strong ever since.

 

The name 'Brownies' comes from the story of the same name by Juliana Horatia Ewing, written in 1870. In the story two children, Tommy and Betty, learn that children can be helpful Brownies or lazy boggarts.

 

According to GirlGuiding.org.uk, the Brownie programme "deserves to be called an adventure. The name reflects the world of new opportunities, challenges and fun that girls become part of when they join. Girls go along to camps, day trips and sleepovers. They get together with their friends at regular meetings where they learn new hobbies, play music, explore other cultures and have outdoor adventures. As well as following the Brownie Adventure programme, girls choose from interest badges related to things they want to know more about."

Guiding came to Hong Kong in 1916. The Hong Kong Girl Guides Association (HKGGA) is currently the largest female youth organization in Hong Kong. It is one of the 150 member organisations of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) which represents 10 million girls in 150 countries. (Note: Girl Guides and Girl Scouts are basically the same thing, except Girl Scouts developed in America).

 

The Guiding movement encourages girls to actively participate in service projects through which they develop a caring and positive attitude to life and are exposed to every aspect of becoming self-sufficient leaders.

 

Membership is voluntary and open to all girls, regardless of race, religion or nationality. 

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