Sunday, 23 May 2010

Cecily's Brownie Badges

When I posted about my enthusiasm for scout patches last week, I wasn't expecting such a big response, but I have received some lovely comments, letters and emails from people who have kept hold of their old scout and guide camp blankets. Wow! And today Cecily, one of the lovely stallholders from the Daylesford Makers Market, came into the shop to show me her old brownie and guide badges from the early 1980s, each of which she earned through her hard work and good deeds! I was enthralled and I just have to share them with you...

Tea-making and swimming (I am guessing).


More swimming, cleaning and geography.


First aid, writing and orientation?

High-jump, cooking and fire-starting, I presume.


Bee-keeping, knitting (yay!) and road safety.


Flower-arranging, photography and pole-vaulting (although Cecily's husband thinks it is for pole-dancing, hee hee!)


Yay, I want to be in the Brownies! Actually I did join for a while but I am not really a group kind of person so it didn't last long. I wish I had stayed, just to get the badges!

Hurrah! I would definitely like to be with Cecily if I got lost somewhere!


She even made it through to girl guides. Cecily claims her dedication comes from living in the middle of the bush and not having many other kids around, so she just threw herself into brownies and guides.


According to Australian Brownie law 'A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and does a good turn everyday'. Thanks for doing us a good turn today Cecily by showing us your amazing collection!

22 comments:

Daneve said...
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Daneve said...

Oh this is so funny as just the other day I was cleaning out my big wooden memory box and I also came across me badges. I have mine on my brownies bag plus I still have my girl guide hat heheheh they were such fun memories!!

Kristin Ann said...

These are treasures! Not only are they cute vintage fun but they are memories. Thanks for sharing.

Caroline said...

Oh gosh I have so many of these. I remember the dustpan and brush was "housekeeping" or "homemaking" or something similar and the pole dancing was actually "agility". I really do have to find mine! Thanks so much for posting these.

mummymadesigns said...

QOQh Im a Cecily too, not many of us around, I have only 2 badges well mayb three to her many, the hostess, the footpath and one other, what a collection great to see

HelenThura said...

The top one is the Hostess badge not tea making. I resisted so long to get it as I felt it was a bit of a silly badge. Then I got it, one of the easiest to get.
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HelenThura said...

ohh and the pole-dancing one was Agility I think...

PhotoPuddle said...

Ooo, how exciting! I can't believe how totally similar these are to my old brownie and guide badges. I would have thought Australian badges would be totally different to the badges we had in England.

Although sadly we never had a pole-dancing badge over here.

And I don't think I ever met a brownie that didn't have a hostess badge. It's was literally a case of making a cup of tea. You could even do it on your enrollment evening.

BOB & MABEL said...

Oh the memories..... I must find out where my badges got to. They are just too cute.

lupinbunny said...

The bee definitely isn't beekeeping! I think it might be thriftiness, or something?

Also, the footpath, road and highway badges wouldn't help you if you were lost, as they're an indication of how many merit badges across certain areas, plus other tasks applicable to each badge, a Brownie has earned.

In the UK Brownies 'houses' (I forget the proper name. They're small groups of girls. Each troop would have four to six 'houses') are pixies, fairies, leprechauns, etc. In Australia they're named after indigenous sprites! I remember I was in Moora Mooras.

I went the whole way through Brownies, Girl Guides, couple of years of Rangers (13(?) - 18 women), and then a couple of years of Venturers (the boys' equivalent of Rangers, which these days is decidedly co-ed).

Chantal said...

Wow. Bring on the childhood memories! I'll have to go to my Mum's house and dig mine out.

I agree with the others that "pole dancing!" was a badge for agility. I also vaguely remember the one with the bee as the thrift badge.

Thanks for inspiring the Happy memories (although at the time I remember it wasn't the coolest place to be after school!)

Chantal said...

..and in case you're wondering... I think the two swimming badges were for different levels. Ie you could earn the gold swimmer after you earnt the white one for swimming further or maybe doing swimming safety or something like that..

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sandra said...

ahh, what memories I have of sewing them all on a blanket.!!

megsie said...

I still have mine too! But mine are sewn on the sleeve of my teeny tiny little dress. I also still have my badges which were faithfuly polished before each meeting. what lovely folklore brownies was, we'd meet around a mushroom and the leaders were brown owls. Sweet memories

Jenny's Craft Place said...

I too went through the Guiding ranks during the '70's, and have all of my badges sewn onto a blanket. They caught my eye while visiting Tracey's blog, and couldn't resist seeing what was going on. Many thanks for the memories. Happy crafting, Jenny

Adriana said...

These are absolutely amazing! I specially love the Brownie photography one. It has lovely colours... Great collection!

Madeleine said...

What a super collection! I was nowhere near as diligent...only a few badges in my collection!

Allison thanks so much for your comment on my blog. Your shop is such a lovely place to visit. We bought quite a few things that day! I also love your blog and have always been too shy to comment...nothing stopping me now though!!

Skye Rocket Sews said...

Fantastic!!!
My daughter has just started Guides and I'm recognising a few badges from my time at Brownie's.
I can't wait to show her,thanks for the flashback.
Mel.xxx

Drewzel said...

I still have my camp blanket too!
Loved this post :)

megant said...

What a great post. I had a chuckle as I recognised many of these badges from my own Brownie uniform which I still have-complete with badges attached. The electricty looking one is actually 'safety in the home'.

Yvonne Kirk said...

I Loved brownies and still have my camp blanket with patches on it 35 years later. The Bee one is Thrift. The others have been stated.. Agility hostess etc.. I didn't last in Girl Guides but as a 16yr old was able to join the airwing of scouts in Camden near SYdney. I still collect badges to this day and have a pretty good collection. :-) The brownie ones are the ones I adore as they are the ones that started me in Patch collecting.