Parent FAQ’s


Who can become a Brownie?

Brownie FriendsAny girl ages 7 to 10 can become a Brownie. Girls 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?


Brownie Packs charge ‘subs’ to cover costs like equipment and the hire of our meeting place.

Subs are paid termly, on the first week of the term, and the cost is £25 per term.


Each year, in February, Girlguiding UK conducts a census, when we count the number of members we have in the UK. At the same time, we collect an annual subscription, which must be paid by all members of our organisation.

The census includes all girls in the unit who have attended more than one meeting, and who are attending when the count is taken.

The amount charged for Census changes each year but is around £16, of which we ask for £10. We send out a letter each February requesting for payment.

The money collected from the census benefits Girlguiding UK at both local and national level. It covers necessary running costs and ensures that we meet the needs of our girls at all times. It also 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
  • Other Events

For other events, like Pack Holidays or days out, we usually request an extra charge.

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.

What Brownie Uniform is needed?

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.

The uniform can be bought on-line 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 unifrom will be delivered to our Unit.

We can do the same for anything from the GirguidingUK catalogue – we quite often get orders for other Brownie items that parents like to give as presents to their Brownie.

Here are the options for uniform (our Pack has a combination):


Brownie Uniform - Hoodie


Brownie Uniform - Gillet


Brown Uniform - Long Sleeved T-Shirt
Long Sleeved T-Shirt


Brown Uniform - Short Sleeved T-Shirt
Short Sleeved T-Shirt




Brown Uniform - Trousers


Brown Uniform - Short/Skirt


Brown Uniform - Sash


Who are the Leaders at 2nd Sedgefield Brownies?

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 UK recommends at least one adult for every eight girls. 2nd Sedgefield Brownies generally has up to 30 Brownies and a regular team of 5 leaders/unit helpers and a Young Leader. We currently have 2 young women who are working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award.

All our leaders follow the Code of Conduct.

Our team is made up as follows:

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  • Name : Joe Tinkler

  • Brownie Name : Brown Owl
  • Role : Fully Qualified Guider
  • Profile : Jo has recently celebrated her 21 years service with 2nd Sedgefield Brownies.
  • She is the Leader in Charge (chief Owl) and holds a First Response First Aid Certificate and a Pack Holiday Licence.
  • By day she is a Teaching Assistant.


  • Name : Caroline Morrison
  • Brownie Name : Little Owl
  • Role : Fully Qualified Guider
  • Profile : Caroline has over 15 years service as a Brownie Leader and was a Guide and a Brownie before that.
  • She holds a First Response First Aid Certificate and a Pack Holiday Licence. She is responsible for this web-site and keeps our accounts.
  • By day she is a Business Analyst.


  • Name : Jo Lazonby
  • Brownie Name : Tawny Owl
  • Role : Fully Qualified Guider
  • Profile : Jo has recently celebrated her 21 years service with 2nd Sedgefield Brownies.
  • She holds a First Response First Aid Certificate. She cooks all our food on Pack Holiday.


  • Name : Elaine MacIntosh
  • Brownie Name : Elf Owl
  • Role : Fully Qualified Guider
  • Profile : Elaine has been a Unit Helper with the Pack for 7 years and has recently obtained her Guider qualification (2010).
  • She holds a First Response First Aid Certificate and a Pack Holiday Licence. She provides all of the wonderful crafts that we make each week (and on our Pack Holiday too).


What is the Leaders Code of Conduct?

The following is an extract from the GirlGuiding UK leaflet – ‘A Safe Space: Girlguiding UK’s Approach to Safeguarding’

As a volunteer within Guiding, it is expected that the volunteer will always:

  1. respect everyone as an individual
  2. provide a good example of acceptable behaviour
  3. respect everyone’s right to personal privacy
  4. be available to listen and, if necessary, refer to more appropriate help
  5. be sensitive to other people’s likes and dislikes
  6. try to ensure that your actions cannot be misunderstood or cause offence and are acceptable within a relationship of trust
  7. show understanding when dealing with sensitive issues
  8. plan not to put yourself in a situation where you are alone with a girl
  9. adhere to the Girlguiding UK policies, which can be found in the online Guiding Manual
  10. be aware that you are accountable for your actions to the girls, their parents and Girguiding UK.


A volunteer must not:

  1. permit abusive behaviour such as bullying, ridiculing or taunting
  2. have inappropriate physical or verbal contact with others
  3. jump to conclusions or make assumptions about others without checking facts
  4. encourage inappropriate attention seeking behaviour such as ‘crushes’
  5. show favouritism to anyone
  6. make suggestive remarks or actions, even in jest
  7. deliberately place yourself or others in a comprising position
  8. believe ‘it could never happen to me’

What is Thinking Day?

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.

CHAT – Who are CHAT?

CHAT stands for County Help and Advice Team.

CHAT is a team of enthusiastic, highly skilled and experienced Guiders who are willing to share their expertise for the benefit of the girls in the County.

They support Guiders by providing womanpower, ideas and resources to run an entire unit meeting for one night.



The sessions are run on the following themes:

  • Back to the Future – Guiding History and Traditions
  • Outdoors In, Indoors Out – outdoor activites
  • Guiding with Intent – camping skills
  • The Shoe’s on the Other Foot – disability awareness for girls
  • It’s a Small World – international activities
  • Kitchenless Cooking

All of the sessions can be tailored to suit all age groups and requests for other themed meetings will be considered.

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