Monday, September 20, 2010


You are probably thinking I am going to write about the yummy chocolate kind, chewy and yummy, maybe the Rocky Road kind with gooey marshmallows on top or with fudge icing on top . . . but, no, I am not talking about the Brownies that you eat.

I am talking about the little girls, 7 and 8 years old, dressed with matching orange shirts, the ones that knock on your door every Spring and Fall selling the infamous Girl Guide Cookies, yeah, those Brownies.  I am a Brownie Leader, just starting my 6th year as Brown Owl of my local unit.  

Tonight was our first meeting of the year.  Time to get reacquainted with the returning girls, to see if they have matured at all since May.  And time to meet the new girls and see what challenges they will add to the mix.  Time to start harassing parents for the help and support needed to run the unit efficiently, I mean meet the parents and see how they can help.  

Now that we have met the girls, it is time to start planning . . . crafts, games, outings, Thanksgiving, Halloween, badges, cookie selling, songs . . . the list of ideas goes on and on forever.  If only there was the same amount of time in my day to plan the ideas that I have in my head!  Only time will tell how many and which of these ideas I have bouncing around in my brain will actually come to life.  It looks like we have a small group this year (only 11 girls as of right now) which will make things like crafts easier to prepare but it will make other things (such as outings that require minimum numbers) more difficult.  Every year has a new set of challenges and I hope that I am up for it this year!

First on the agenda is to sort through the mountain of enrollment paper work that I have accumulated and  figure out what stays with me and what I get to send off to Head Office . . . and then book our first outing to the Pumpkin Patch.


  1. I guessed which kind you meant :-)

    I am glad we don't do cookie-selling in the UK, the thought of co-ordinating 24 lots of paperwork for that is mindblowing!

  2. Your brownie picture looked divine. Oh those chocolaty sinful treats, but alas you didn't tantalize us with a to-die-for mouth slobbering recipe. Instead you reminded us of something youth and fun.

    I was never a Brownie, but I was a Girl Scout. Growing up in rural WV, a kids' options for entertainment were limited. We didn't have fancy malls or video games to fill our hours. But, we did have a few outdoorsy type activities to get involved with.

    Some of my fondest memories are of my days in the Girl Scouts - weekend camping trips, making crafts, cooking wieners over an open fire, and selling those infamous Girl Scout cookies.

    When our Girl Scout leader decided to step down, we were all so sad. She gave each of us girls a little memento to remember her by and believe it or not, I still have it - a small round tiger eye pendent & chain. I've held onto this treasure for over 30-years.

    This post is dedicated to all the fine women who devote their time, energy, money, and sanity to helping young girls develop interesting skills as a Girl Scout or Brownie. I'd like to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Williams for being a loving leader to a dozen or so young girls in her Girl Scout Troop in southern WV in the early 70s. In closing, let may I add, God bless all those who continue to do a marvelous job as a Girl Scout or Brownie Leader.