Parent FAQ’s


Who can become a Brownie?

Any girl aged 7 to 10 can become a Brownie.

Brownie FriendsGirls who are younger (5 to 7 years) are Rainbows, and older girls (10 to 13 years) are Guides.

Membership of Girlguiding is voluntary and is open to any girl or woman, regardless of faith, race, culture, nationality or any other circumstance.

As a member of Girlguiding, we are a member of the largest voluntary organisation for girls and women in the country with over 575,000 members in the UK alone. There are similar organisations throughout the world and Girlguiding UK is a founding member of the world association that unites them.


Are you interested in joining us?

If your daughter is interested in joing our Pack then please register her interest on the Girlguiding website.  Follow these steps:

  1. Go to and enter your details, then
  2. Select ‘2nd Sedgefield Brownies Unit‘ as your preferred choice.

Once you have registered we will receive an email and be able to add your daughter to our waiting list.  Once a space becomes available we will contact you.

How much does Brownies cost?

Subscriptions (Subs)

Brownie packs charge ‘subs’ to cover costs like equipment (for all the wonderful crafts and activities they do) and the hire of their meeting place.

Subs are paid:

  • Termly, on the first week of the term
  • Cost £25 per term


Each year Girlguiding collects an annual subscription from every member, we call this ‘census’ and helps to run guiding both nationally and in local areas.  The money collected covers necessary running costs and ensures that we meet the needs of our girls at all times. It finances:

  • the development of resources for girls and adults
  • insurance for all girls and adults for guiding activities, including our unit meetings
  • training for our adult Leaders and other volunteers
  • the provision of a support structure for our adult Leaders.

This is paid once per year so if your daughter moves up a section or changes units because she has moved house, she does not have to pay another annual census fee.

Census is paid:

  • Yearly, in January/February
  • Cost approximately £15

Gift Aid

If you pay income tax we can claim 28p for every £1 you give in subs or donations. All you have to do is sign the Gift Aid form attached to the ‘Starting Brownies’ leaflet. Again, this money is used for equipment for the Pack.

Other events

Each year we do attend other events (for example, our Pack Holiday or trips to the cinema/bowling for parties).  We will request extra payment for these and and when they arise.

Payment Options

We accept payment by either cash or cheque.  Please make cheques payable to: 2nd Sedgefield Brownies.


What Brownie Uniform is needed?

There are quite a few options. . .

Girls can choose items from a range of comfortable and practical Brownie uniform. Gone are the days of brown dresses, now we have funky Brownie wear.  Girls love wearing Brownie uniform – it gives them a sense of belonging.

You can see all the uniform on the Girlguiding online shop, here.

Our Brownies have a mixture, some prefer shorts, others leggings; some short sleeved t-shirts, others long sleeved.  It really is up to you.  Almost all of our Brownies have a hoodie though, and a sash to display their badges.

Where to buy?

The uniform can be bought directly from the on-line shop or from a Guide shop, however, if you order the uniform through our Brownie Pack then we can get 10% off the cost. All you need to do is let Brown Owl know your order. We will order for you and the uniform will be delivered to our Unit

Who are the Leaders at 2nd Sedgefield Brownies?

Our volunteers

The adults who run a Brownie Pack are called Leaders. They are unpaid volunteers who have completed Girlguiding UK training. They are usually helped by a team of other young women or adults, such as:

  • a Unit Helper, who is an adult who regularly helps at our meetingsother
  • adult helpers who are willing to help occasionally, these are usually parents of Brownies in our Pack
  • a local Guide aged 11 years or over
  • a Young Leader aged 14 years or over
  • a young woman who is working towards a Duke of Edinburgh Award, these are usually ex-Brownies or Rangers

Girlguiding recommends at least one adult for every eight girls. 2nd Sedgefield Brownies generally has 25-30 Brownies and a regular team of 6 leaders/unit helpers and a Young Leader.

All our leaders follow the Code of Conduct.

Our team

Jo Tinkler

  • Brownie Name: Brown Owl
  • Role: Fully Qualified Guider
  • She is the Leader in Charge (chief Owl).
  • Jo holds a First Response First Aid Certificate and a Pack Holiday Licence.
  • Jo has recently celebrated her 25 years service with 2nd Sedgefield Brownies.
  • By day she is a Teaching Assistant.

Jo Lazonby

  • Brownie Name: Tawny Owl
  • Role: Fully Qualified Guider
  • She is currently District Commissioner (a very important role) and she cooks all our food on Pack Holiday.
  • She holds a First Response First Aid Certificate and a Pack Holiday Licence.
  • Jo has recently celebrated her 25 years service with 2nd Sedgefield Brownies.

Caroline Morrison

  • Brownie Name: Little Owl
  • Role: Fully Qualified Guider
  • She is responsible for this web-site and keeps our accounts.
  • She holds a First Response First Aid Certificate and a Pack Holiday Licence.
  • Caroline has over 20 years service as a Brownie Leader both in 2nd Sedgefield Brownies and in Cheshire before that.
  • By day she is a Business Analyst.

Elaine MacIntosh

  • Brownie Name: Elf Owl
  • Role: Fully Qualified Guider
  • She provides the wonderful crafts that we make (and on our Pack Holiday too).
  • She holds a First Response First Aid Certificate and a Pack Holiday Licence.
  • Elaine has been over 10 years service with 2nd Sedgefield Brownies.
  • By day she is a teacher.

Eleanor Ducker

  • Brownie Name: Barn Owl
  • Role: Unit helper
  • She came as a parent helper over 10 years ago and we never let her go.
  • By day she is retired.

Beth March

  • Brownie Name: Wise Owl
  • Role: Fully Qualified Guider
  • She is our newest member and came along one evening to do a science out reach project from Durham University.   She loved us so much she decided to join us.
  • She is working towards her Pack Holiday Licence this year (2018-19).
  • By day she is a research scientist.


What is Thinking Day?

22nd February is an important date

Thinking Day is one of the most significant dates in our guiding calendar. On this day, all members of the Guide association everywhere think of each other and of their commitment to international friendship and understanding.

History of Thinking Day

Each year on 22 February, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts all over the world celebrate World Thinking Day.

World Thinking Day was first created in 1926 at the 4th Girl Guide/Girl Scout International Conference, held at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Camp Edith Macy.

Conference attendees decided that there should be a special day when Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all around the world think of each other and give thanks and appreciation to their ‘sister’ Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

The delegates chose 22 February as the date for Thinking Day because it was the mutual birthday of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scout Movement, and his wife Olave, who served as World Chief Guide.

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