How it all began...

Brownies were first organised by Lord Baden-Powell in 1914, to complete the range of age groups both
for girls and boys in Scouting. They were first run as the youngest
group in the Guide Association by Agnes Baden-Powell, Lord
Baden-Powell's younger sister. In 1918 his wife, Lady Olave
Baden-Powell, took over the responsibility for the Girl Guides and thus
for Brownies.

Originally the girls were called Rosebuds, but were renamed by Lord
Baden-Powell after the girls had complained that they didn't like their
name. Their name comes from the story "The Brownies" 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.

Today British Brownies receive a 'Becoming a Brownie' activity book upon
joining. This has a version of the "Brownie Story" that is slightly
different. Tommy and Betty are replaced by friends Katie and Sunita.
This change is a very recent one.

The Girlguiding UK timeline:

1907 - Robert Baden Powell developed scheme for training boys and published “Scouting For Boys”

1909 - Scout’s Rally at Crystal palace- a small group of Girls turned up wanting to be Scouts too!


1910 - We won! Girl Guides were formed and looked after by Baden Powell’s sister, Agnes.

1914 - A junior section for us but called Rosebuds

Later changed to Brownies

1926 - Thinking Day on 22nd February, the joint birthdays of Lord and Lady Baden powell

1964 - Brownie Golden Jubilee year

1974 - Brownie Diamond Jubilee year

1987 - New section for younger members called Rainbows opened

1989 - Brownies 75th year and centenary of Olave Baden powells birthday

1990 - New uniform for brownies designed by Jeff banks

1994 - Name change now called The Guide Association

2002 - Another name change, now called Girlguiding UK


2003 - New “ Brownie Adventure “ launched 1st major change for 35yrs

2004 - Brownies 90th year!

2010 - Girlguiding UK celebrated it's Centenary.

2014 - Brownies celebrated their 100th Birthday.

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