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21 Things All Former Brownie Guides Will Remember

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1. Your initiation ceremony was kind of cultish.

It quite likely involved dancing round a toadstool and a stuffed owl.
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It quite likely involved dancing round a toadstool and a stuffed owl.

2. And getting your promise badge was a huge deal.

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3. These were your bibles.

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And you read them cover to cover to work out how many badges you could get with the minimum amount of effort.

4. And it was incredibly exciting when you got your first badge.

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5. You probably got a hostess badge for making your mum a cup of tea and doing the washing up.

If only cooking were that easy in real life.
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If only cooking were that easy in real life.

6. But there was always that one girl who had like 100 badges on her sash.

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And you could never understand how she had the time to do all that stuff in her spare time.

7. Getting put in a different Six to your best friend was slightly traumatic.

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One of you was in Elves and one of you was in Imps and it was just too sad.

8. You’ve never felt more powerful than when you were made a Sixer or a Second.

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And you never questioned what happened to all the numbers in between.

9. You learned a bunch of songs that made absolutely no sense, like this classic.

*does hand gestures*
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*does hand gestures*

10. There was nothing worse than forgetting a full-uniform week.

You'd be shunned by your entire Six for losing them valuable points.
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You'd be shunned by your entire Six for losing them valuable points.

11. And you were outraged when they replaced the culottes with a tracksuit.

Ban. This. Trash.
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Ban. This. Trash.

12. You went on a Brownie camp and did loads of awesome things.

Certainly involving some sort of high ropes course/campfires/sleeping in tents.
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Certainly involving some sort of high ropes course/campfires/sleeping in tents.

13. You made some terrible crafts.

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Which your mum probably still has in a box somewhere.

14. There was probably a point when your whole pack was just people from your class at school.

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15. So you felt an intense rivalry when you came across another pack in the wild.

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16. You kind of still wonder why your leaders were a group of women named after owls.

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17. But nothing was scarier than being told off by Brown Owl.

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18. You probably went to a big Brownie gathering.

And sang all those songs together.
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And sang all those songs together.

19. Carrying the flag at Remembrance Day was a huge honour.

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20. There was always a big emphasis on helping old ladies cross the road/carry their shopping.

Because it's the law.
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Because it's the law.

21. And even though it was years ago, you'll probably remember your Brownie promise forever.

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