Why do Girlguiding members make a Promise?
Our Promise links us to other Girlguiding members and the ten million people involved in guiding across the world. Although we may have different languages, cultures and beliefs, each member makes a commitment to do her best:
- to be an active citizen of her community and the wider world
- to help others – from a kind word to a neighbour to huge international campaigns
- to develop her spiritual side – whatever she believes or cares about, and to respect the beliefs of others.
These themes run through everything we do.
Our inclusive Promise for all is a shared commitment for every member – from all faiths or none. This unity is what makes guiding so special.
The Brownie Promise:
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
To keep the (Brownie) Guide Law.
The Brownie Guide Law:
A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and does a Good Turn every day.
The waiting list
To become a Brownie you must have reached your 7th Birthday. We do have a waiting list so you will have to ask one of your parents/guardians to register your interest with the Girlguiding website (and select 2nd Sedgefield Brownies).
Once we have a space, we will get in touch with your parent/guardian and invite you to come along to your first Brownie night.
The first night
So the first night is really a chance to come along and see if you think you will like Brownies. If you do, and you return the following week, you will be assigned a six.
The first night is free and you don’t have to wear uniform – you need to decide if you like it first!
You will be given a ‘Bring on the Brownies’ book which tells you all you need to know about being a Brownie. The book includes the words for the Brownie Promise and the Brownie Law.
The next few weeks
For the next few weeks you will join in everything we do in our Brownies. You can work towards badges, join in with meeting activities, make crafts, play games, the lot.
At the same time you will learn what it is to be a Brownie, especially our Promise and Law and why these are important to us. Once you’re ready and would like to be a ‘proper’ Brownie you will get enrolled.
Note: if you earn in a badge before you are enrolled you won’t be presented with the badge. However don’t worry, we keep the badge and once you are enrolled you will get it.
Making Your Promise – The Enrollment Ceremony
After you have been attending for a few weeks (normally 4 or 6) we will ask you to make you Promise at a special Enrolment Ceremony.
For more information see our Enrolment Ceremony FAQ.
You make your Promise
After you have been attending for 4-6 weeks we will ask you to make your Promise at a special Promise Ceremony. This is when you will become a proper fully-fledged Brownie.
Making your promise is a very special occasion and we welcome family and friends along to the ceremony. But it’s nothing to worry about!
We wait for family/friends to arrive and then we all get into a big circle. You will stand inbetween you Sixer and Seconder in the circle.
There are normally 3 or 4 Brownies to enroll at the same time. When it’s your turn, you will walk to Brown Owl with your Sixer and Seconder either side of you, making an arch.
As you walk, they say ‘This is <your name> and she wishes to become a member of 2nd Sedgefield Brownies’. They then return to the circle.
Brown Owl will ask you to say your Brownie Promise and explain that once you have made your Promise you must keep it every day.
Brown Owl then pins your new Brownie Promise badge onto your unifrom. While she is doing this she will also ask you what your favourite thing is at Brownies – so have a think of the thing you enjoy the most, our usual answer is ‘making things’ or ‘playing games’.
She will then ask you to say your Brownie Law.
Brown Owl will give you a certificate to put on your bedroom wall and a brownie bag with your certificate and badge book inside.
You then turn to face the Pack, Brown Owl says “Pack Salute” and you and the whole Pack salutes.
You then return to your place in the circle.
You will then be a fully fledged BROWNIE!!
This is why a Brownie is called a Brownie…
The cottage on the edge of the wood was in an awful mess. There were dishes to be washed, clothes to be ironed and toys scattered all over the floor. Tommy and Betty didn’t care. They hated boring old housework. “What I am going to do?” their mother sighed. “I can’t keep the cottage tidy. If only we had a Brownie!”
“Whats a Brownie?” asked Tommy. “A Brownie is a magical little creature, which slips into houses very early before anyone is awake. It tidies toys, irons clothes, washes dishes and does all sorts of helpful things in secret,” replied his mother.
“That’s great! How can we get one?” wondered Betty. “The Wise Owl in the wood would know I suppose,” her mother said.
Late that night, Tommy and Betty crept out of the cottage into the wood. It was
cold and dark and full of shadows. Or were they ghosts? “We can’t go back.
We’ve got to find the Wise Owl,” said Betty firmly. “Twitt twoo. How do you do?”
a voice hooted at them from a nearby tree. “The Wise Owl!” Tommy hugged
Betty in relief.
And soon the children were seated on a branch snuggling close to the big bird’s feathers. They explained they were looking for a Brownie. “Do you know where we could find one?” asked Betty. “Indeed I do hooted the Owl, and, placing her beak close to Betty’s ear, she explained.
“Tommy, imagine!” exclaimed Betty. “There’s a Brownie in that pool over there. I’ve got to go to the pool over there. I’ve got to turn round three times and say:
“Twist me and turn me and show me the elf, I looked in the water and there saw…”.’
“Who? Who? Who?” hooted the Owl. “Look into the water and you’ll find your Brownie looking back at you. Her name will finish the rhyme.
The children raced over to the pool. Betty did exactly as the Owl had said: “Twist me and turn me and show me the elf, I looked in the water and there saw…” She looked into the pool. “Well, can you see it? Can you see a Brownie?” yelled Tommy, hopping from foot to foot in excitement. “No,” said Betty, All I can see is my own reflection.”
Tommy and Betty were so tired and disappointed that by the time they reached the tree again, they were in tears. “Boo, hoo, hoo. What’s the matter with you two?” hooted the Owl, offering them a hanky. “We didn’t find a Brownie,” sniffed Betty. “I saw no one in the water but myself.” “Well, well” said the Owl. “Let’s see if that fits the rhyme.” “Twist me and turn me and show me the elf, I looked in the water and there saw…” “Myself!” finished Betty. “But I’m not a Brownie!” “Too true, too true,” hooted the Owl. “But you could act like one for a change and so could Tommy. It would be fun.”
Tommy and Betty returned thoughtfully to the cottage. If you had passed that way very early next morning, you would have seen a lamp burning in the kitchen window and two figures busily scurrying about inside. And when the children’s mother came down for breakfast, she couldn’t believe her eyes. There wasn’t a toy in sight. Everything was clean and tidy. “Why, a Brownie has been here. How wonderful!” she gasped.
From that day to this, the cottage has been a different place. And Tommy and
Betty have been like different children. They never get bored now; they are too
busy planning their secret good turns. Of course, their mother has discovered
the truth. She thinks she is very lucky to have such helpful children. And
Tommy and Betty have discovered how right the Wise Owl was: being human
Brownies is FUN!
As a Brownie you are part of a small group called a Six. Your six will have a special name and a six badge. You will be given your six badge to sew on to your uniform.
Most sixes have 6 Brownies (that is why they are called a Six).
Sixers and Seconders
A Six is led by an older Brownie called a Sixer, she is helped by another Brownie called a Seconder. All Sixers and Seconders are chosen as they are responsible, helpful and friendly. It is an achievement to become a Sixer or a Seconder and these Brownies are presented with metal badges to wear on their uniforms.
What sixes do we have?
2nd Sedgefield Brownies has 4 Sixes, these are: