Rainbow ages 5 to 7
Brownies ages 7 to 10
We are a small part of Girlguiding Northamptonshire, who are the largest voluntary youth organisation in the County, they currently have over 7,000 full members (part of the 600,000 members nationwide), meeting in over 350 units weekly.
We all offer challenges, fun, adventure, enjoyment and encourage our girls to be the best they can be in a safe environment with trained leaders who ensure they develop into active, confident, caring and involved women for tomorrow
Lord Baden Powell.
How Brownies Started
In 1909 a Scout Rally took place at Crystal Palace, thousands of girls turned up for the event, to register themselves as scouts, although scouting was not for girls.
The founder Robert Baden-Powell of the movement asked his sister Agnes to adapt his handbook ‘Scouting for Boys’ to a parallel scheme for girls.
In 1910 Robert Baden-Powell decided that the girls should not be called Scouts, and he decided on the name ‘Guide’ after the famous corps of guides in India who were renowned for their resourcefulness, courage and ability to turn their hands to anything.
In 1914, when younger sisters of Guides began to show an interest in joining, Lord Robert Baden-Powell founded a group of younger girls to be known as ‘Rosebuds’. The name did not prove popular and in 1915, his sister Agnes suggested the name ‘Brownies’ instead, naming the girls after the ‘helpful little creatures’ in a fairy tale she loved.