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A Brownie is a girl, aged between seven and eleven, who is a member of the Guide Association, the female form of Scouting.


Brownies were first organized 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 Olave, Lady 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. Their name comes from a story 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.

Motto, Promise And Law

The motto of Brownies is Lend a Hand (LAH).


The Australian Guiding Promise is:

I promise that I will do my best,
to do my duty to God,
to serve my country and to keep the Guide law.


In Canada, the Brownie Promise is:

I promise to do my best,
To be true to myself, my God/Faith and Canada,
I will help other people,
And keep the Brownie Law.

Canadian Girl Guides are able to choose to either say the word God or Faith in the promise.

The Canadian Brownie Law is:

As a Brownie I am honest and kind. I help take care of the world around me.

New Zealand

In New Zealand, Brownies say the same promise as Guides, Rangers and Leaders. Only Pippins don't say the promise. The New Zealand Promise is:

I promise, with the help of my God
To be true to myself
To do my best
To help my country
And to live by the Guide Law.

The Guide Law is the same for all sections.


The Singaporean Brownie Law is:

I promise to do my best, to do my duty to God, to serve my country, help other people and to keep the Brownie Law.

United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, the Brownie Promise is:

I promise that I will do my best,
To love my God,
To serve the Queen and my country,
to help other people,
And to keep the Brownie Guide Law.

The Brownie Guide Law is:

A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and does a good turn every day.

The Brownie Guide Motto is:

Lend A Hand

United States of America

In the United States of America, the Girl Scout Promise is:

On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

Girl Scouts are given a choice of "whatever word your spiritual beliefs dictate" in place of the word God.[1]

Republic Democratic of The Congo

Brownies and Guides of the Republic Democratic of The Congo use the same promise as scouts:

On my honor with the grace of God,
I promise to do my best to serve God, the church and my country.
To help people under any circumstances and to observe the Scout Law.

See also

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