About Brownies


The National Program Portfolio has two main parts – the National Leadership Journeys and the all new The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Complemented by the Girl Scout Cookie program, Girl Scout travel and Girl Scout awards, the National Program Portfolio is designed to help girls develop as leaders and build confidence by learning new skills. It also ensures that Girl Scouts at every level are sharing a powerful, national experience—girls together changing the world!

Girl Scout Brownies in grades 2-3 work together in groups, experience “journeys,” earn Girl Scout Brownie badges, and explore their community. Fun, friendship, and age-appropriate activities begin at the Girl Scout Brownie meeting and move out to the community and wider world.

1. Journeys:
A Journey represents the experiences Girl Scouts engage in to achieve the leadership outcomes. The journeys allow the girls to be the planners, implementers and evaluators of their Girl Scout experience. The leadership keys, Discover, Connect, and Take Action are central themes in the Journeys where the Girl Scout Leadership Experience comes to life for girls and adults. Journeys are

• Girl-Led – girls play an active part in figuring out the what, where, when, how, and why of their activities.
• Learning by Doing (experiential learning) – girls participate in hands-on learning that engages girls in cycles of action and reflection that result in deeper understanding of concepts and mastery of practical skills.
• Cooperative Learning – girls work together toward shared goals in an atmosphere of respect and collaboration that encourages the sharing of skills, knowledge, and learning.

2. Earning Badges:
As a Girl Scout, the girls will be earning all kinds of badges. Each badge or patch has different requirements. Girls can also earn “fun patches” for special activities or events that we may attend. If your daughter finishes a badge outside of our meetings and events, let us know so we can sign off on the badge and she will receive it at our next badge ceremony.
* Badges: These are EARNED by completing specific achievements in the appropriate program level
resources. Please refer to the Uniform Guide for specific placement.
* Patches: These are for PARTICIPATION! They vary widely in size, shape and appearance. They are
special patches awarded for participation in a specific Girl Scout activity or event.

• Patches and Badges are purchased by Troop Leaders.
• Girl Scout badges, patches, awards, and other insignia that are earned for the accomplishment of skill building activities or any set requirements should be presented, worn, or displayed only after Girl Scouts have completed the requirements outlined in the appropriate program materials.
• To earn a badge, the girls must complete five steps doing one activity from each step.
• Although ideally done in groups, activities are flexible enough that a girl can work on her own, with a partner, or at home with a family member.
• Girls will maintain a record listing all of the badges they have earned.
• Patches and Badges will be distributed at the end of official troop meetings.
• The replacement of lost badges and patches are the responsibility of the parent.

3. Uniforms:
The total cost per girl is approximately $70.00. The uniform will be used for 2 years. Each girl is expected to wear the complete uniform for every meeting.  You can order the uniform at: http://www.girlscoutshop.com/

Each girl will need the following:

• (1) Brownie Sash – $6.00
• (1) Polo Shirt with Brownie logo – $12.00
• (1) Brownie Skort – $25.00
• (1) Brownie Beenie – $7.00

Patches and Pins:
• (1) Brownie Insignia Tab: $2.00
• Troop Numerals (20113) 5 @ $1.50 = $7.50
• (1) American Flag: $2.00
• (1) Council ID Strip Set (be sure to pick Heart of NJ) $5.00
• (1) Brownie GS Membership Pin – $1.50
• (1) World Trefoil Pin – $2.75

We are asking that girl wear the basic uniform (Skort, Basic white shirt/polo, and Sash) for meetings and the full uniform (Skort, Polo Shirt with logo, Sash, and Beenine) for special events. Please take care in attaching the patches and placing them in the proper position. This allows your Scout to display her awards and achievements proudly. The most fool-proof way to attach patches is to sew them on. This can be done using a sewing machine or by hand. Various fabric glues and iron-on adhesives or webbings are sold and marketed for the purpose of adhering patches. This is a temporary “fix” and these will often release the patch(es) when washed and machine dried.

Please refer to the Insignia Guide for proper placement of badges and patches:  https://www.girlscouts.org/program/basics/for_volunteers/where_to_place/brownie/

 4.  Hearts of Service

Service to the community has always been a part of Girl Scouting. The intent of the Hearts of Service program is to recognize and track service hours that girls perform as Girl Scouts.

Girls’ service hours will be tracked to individually earn their Hearts of Service awards. Only service hours performed while representing Girl Scouts can be counted toward the Hearts of Service program.


 Keep a record of your Brownie’s service:



Awards Earned

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Center Patch – purchased the first year a girl begins the program (No hours or paperwork are required to purchase this patch.)

Level Rocker – purchased after completing the hours of service required which correspond to the Girl Scout Level.

Heart Segment– purchased for each additional 5 hours of community service. (e.g., if a Brownie completes 15 hours of community service, she has earned the level rocker plus one heart segment.)


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