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Brownies is for girls aged seven to ten.
Through regular meetings, special events, day trips, sleepovers, camps and holidays, Brownies learn new hobbies, play music, explore other cultures and get adventurous outdoors. Girls can also extend their knowledge and abilities by working towards Brownie interest badges covering many different hobbies and activities from Science investigator to Circus skills.
Brownies become a member of a Six such as Badger, Fox, Mole, Squirrel, Hedgehog and Rabbit and follow a programme called the Brownie Adventure. The name reflects the world of exciting opportunities, challenges and fun that is Brownies.
The Brownie Adventure is divided into three areas:
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 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.
In the United Kingdom, the Brownie Promise is:
In 1980, the promise was changed from 'To do my duty to God' to 'To love my God', in order to accommodate different faiths, most groups allow changes to the promise, though some groups do not allow atheists  and this has attracted criticism from the National Secular Society.
The Brownie Guide Law is:
The Brownie Promise, prior to 1980, was:
The Brownie Guide Motto used to be 'Lend a hand' (LAH). With the introduction of the new programme in the United Kingdom, the motto was dropped for Brownies.
There is also a Brownie song that some packs sing at the beginning of the meeting:
There are slight variations of the song and in some packs it is sung while skipping around a toadstool.
Some packs also sing one of the traditional songs to end a meeting, to the tune of the Cambridge Chimes:
The second verse of Taps (Day is done...) is also often sung.
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.