The 8 Point System for Brownies

Journey badges were a set of 3 progress badges designed for Brownie Guides - the youngest members of Australian Guiding.

The Australian Brownie Guide Handbook Part One defines a journey as part of the brownie programme in which the brownie meets a number of challenges.

These badges were part of the 8 Point System and therefore each journey included challenges from eight different sections.

It is interesting to compare the challenges and note that some are still very relevant today and implemented in our current Guiding programs.

There were three different Brownie Journey challenges that allowed the girls to progress through different levels:

 

  • Footpath

  • Road

  • Highway

Earlier versions of the badge have BROWNIE GUIDES written instead of the name of the journey.

Badge Buddy Brownie Journey Badge Footpath
  • Brownies are Wide Awake
  • Brownies Keep Fit
  • Brownies Do Their Best
  • Brownies Help at Home
  • Brownies Make Things
  • Brownies Lend a Hand
  • Brownies Have Fun Outdoors
  • Brownies are Friendly

The Brownie Footpath

The Footpath journey required completion of at least one challenge from each section and also required the Brownies to:

  • be able to tell the Leader their name, address, telephone number and date of birth
  • show by good manners that they are thinking of others
  • know the World Badge and the World Flag, and understand their meaning

 

Brownies are Wide Awake

Choose from:

  • Explain how you have been WIDE AWAKE by taking part in an activity or game using the all the senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch)
  • Learn to tell the time on a clock which has a face and hands
  • Learn to tie a reef knot
  • Know how to cross the road safely, and how to behave when travelling by car, bus or other vehicle
Brownies Keep Fit

Choose from:

  • Learn to look after your nails, teeth, hair and skin, and keep a record of how you do this.
  • Show in some way "healthy" and "non-healthy" foods or habits.
  • Learn to do something new, or do it much better than before with ball or rope or hoop etc; OR do some form of balancing (which is new to you, or better than you could do before)

Brownies Do Their Best

Challenge yourself to do even better than before by choosing from:

  • Make a "Thank You" card for someone who has done something special for you or the pack.
  • Know the Australian national flag, and the tune and first verse of the National Anthem or Royal Anthem.
  • Complete a page in the pack's "Thank you, God" book, thanking God for something special that has happened.
  • For at least a week practise doing your best by smiling every time you want to grumble, and be "unfussy" at every meal.
Brownies Help at Home

Help at home in one or some of these ways:

  • Make your bed and tidy your room for a week.
  • Clean the bathroom basin and floor and keep the bathroom tidy for a week.
  • Clean brass or silver, AND polish furniture.
  • Set the table for a meal for two or more people, adding a simple table decoration.
  • Clear, wash and dry and put away the dishes after a meal.
Brownies Make Things

You will find plenty of new things to try here. Challenge yourself in one or more of these ways:

  • Make something of your own choice, using paper or wood or dried natural material; OR make something involving modelling or painting.
  • Learn how to plait and make a simple article, using this skill.
  • Learn to knit or crochet (an older person may cast on for you).
  • Hand-sew a simple article using running stitch
  • Make up a poem, or a dance to music of your own choice; OR make up a mime or song based on a story you like.
Brownies Lend a Hand

Choose one or some of these challenges:

  • Lend a hand to someone at home or at school every day for at least two weeks, and tell your leader about it.
  • Do a special job at your meeting place for four weeks.
  • Learn to thread a needle, and sew on a button or a fastener.
  • Know how to put on a band-aid; and make up a small "Be Prepared" kit for yourself.
Brownies Have Fun Out of Doors

You will enjoy the out-of-doors in many new ways as you journey along the footpath. Choose from the following, to challenge yourself:

  • Sprout seeds or grow bulbs or cuttings in a container or in the garden.  Keep a record of their growth.
  • Take a nature walk and notice 10 different living things; talk about them with your leader (you must make sure your leader knows when you will be taking your nature walk, and who will be going with you)
  • Keep a weather chart for at least a week, and notice something different each day (such as a snail gliding across the lawn, or birds building nests, etc)
  • Know something about CONSERVATION, and show your leader four ways you can care for the Australian bush or a park in your area.
Brownies are Friendly

Choose from:

  • Learn about brownies in Australia and the guiding family in your district
  • Know the ACCESS symbol for the disabled, and help a disabled person in some special way
  • Describe each girl in your six, and how about her interests
  • Learn the Promise and Law of brownies in another country, and play one of their games which is new to you.

The Brownie Road

The Road journey required completion of at least one challenge from each section and also required the Brownies to:

  • be able to complete the first 3 clauses of the Brownie Footpath
  • be able to use a reef knot
  • be able to give first aid for cuts, grazes, nose bleed and be able to put on a knee bandage
  • know the meaning of conservation and what they can do to help
Brownies are Wide Awake

Choose from:

  • Know ow to use a public telephone and be able to use a telephone directory; take and relay a message, using the telephone.
  • Be able to shop politely and reliably.
  • Learn to tie two new knots (eg round turn and two half-hitches, double overhand, sheetbend) and how their uses.
  • Take your leader on a road safety walk, and tell her the road safety rules.
Brownies Keep Fit

Challenge yourself in one or some of these ways:

  • Learn hair care, including shampooing your hair and caring for your brush and comb.
  • Learn to stand and sit correctly, and be able to walk 10 metres in good style, balancing a book on your head.
  • Learn the kinds of food you need to keep you fit, and plan a healthy school lunch.
  • Do two things which are new to you, or do them much better than before, using a ball or beanbag or rope, etc; OR do some form of balancing; OR swim 50 metres; OR throw ball underarm or overarm in good style, and learn to catch properly (remember that, whatever you choose, you must do something that's new to you, or do something much better than before)
Brownies Do Their Best

Choose from these challenges to do something new or much better than you have done before:

  • Make up a grace to be used at home or with the pack
  • On a map of Australia show the States and their capital cities, and the National Capital, and be able to recognise your own state flag.
  • Find out who represents the Queen in Australia and in your state, and how these people help us.
  • Challenge yourself to do better than before in ALL of the following ways:
    • Doing what you are asked quickly - at home, at school, brownie meeting etc
    • Helping a younger person who is upset or lonely (perhaps a new child at school)
    • Being polite and using good manners
Brownies Help at Home

Here are some more ways you can help at home. Challenge yourself in at lest one of these ways (remembering that you must do something that is new to you, or do something much better than before);

  • Hand-wash and iron three different articles.
  • Pack a suitcase with the things you will need for a week-end away from home.
  • Clean out a cupboard and arrange the contents tidily.
  • Prepare and serve a healthy, attractive salad lunch.
  • Learn to make and serve tea or coffee, and toast
Brownies Make Things

try something new! Challenge yourself to do better than before!! Choose from:

  • Learn a new craft and make a simple article using this skill.
  • Learn to cast on and cast off in knitting; OR learn how to increase and decrease in crochet.
  • Make a useful article using hemming and two fancy stitches.
  • Learn a poem or dance from another country, and perform it to give pleasure to others.
Brownies Lend a Hand

Lend a hand in one or some of these ways:

  • Lend a hand in the pack by helping someone younger than yourself with some brownie activity, or by making, washing or mending some pack equipment.
  • Learn how to mend clothing, eg darning, repairing seams and hems, patching.
  • Know and demonstrate four ways of keeping the home safe.
Brownies Have Fun Out of Doors

As you travel the brownie journeys you will discover more and more new ways to enjoy the out-of-doors. choose from these challenges:

  • Observe a tree for one month, and notice which birds visit it, which animals live beneath it; and make some bark rubbings from your tree.
  • Care for a living thing over a period of time to be decided by you with your Leader.
  • Learn about the four seasons, and what causes rain.
  • Help keep Australia beautiful by taking part in an anti-litter campaign.
  • Set a compass and know eight points. Know different methods of finding direction.
Brownies are Friendly

Choose from:

  • Learn about Extension Brownies, and about Lone Brownies / Brownies of the Air
  • Find out what can be done in your district to help disabled people, and tell about it in pow-wow
  • Help to make a scrap book on Australia to be sent to brownies overseas
  • Learn about Thinking Day and its history, and understand the Thinking Day symbol.

The Brownie Highway

The Highway journey required completion of at least one challenge from each section and also required the Brownies to:

  • be able to complete the first 3 clauses of the Brownie Footpath
  • be able to complete the first 3 clauses of the Brownie Road
  • know how to get adult help quickly in an emergency
  • know how and why the Australian national flag is made up
  • know about Guides, Ranger Guides and Rangers in Australia
Brownies are Wide Awake

Become more wide awake by challenging yourself to do something quite new to you - or at a higher standard than before.  Choose from:

  • Signal messages to someone out of hearing.
  • Know how to use a transport timetable and a street directory, and use them to plan an outing to an interesting place.
  • Learn three new knots; and make something using any knots you have learnt.
  • Draw a simple map showing the nearest police station, chemist's shop, hospital or doctor or ambulance, post office and garage, to your home or pack meeting place.
Brownies Keep Fit

Keep fit by choosing from these challenges. Which will you do?

  • Plan a KEEP FIT programme for yourself, to include hair care, grooming and exercise; and show that you are carrying it out.
  • Be aware of some of the things which may harm your eyes, ears and teeth. Know how to care for these parts of yourself.
  • Plan a well-balanced menu for one day, suitable for your own family or for brownies on a pack holiday, and be able to give reasons for your choice of foods.
  • Learn a new sport and know the basic rules; OR learn and practise a new physical skill.
Brownies Do Their Best

You can do your best in still another way by choosing from the challenges below:

  • Help plan a "Brownie Guides' Own" and take part in it; OR take an active part in a service at your place of worship.
  • Recognise and understand the Australian Coat of Arms, or the Coat of Arms of your state, city or town, or the Coat of Arms of the Australian National Capital.
  • Know the tune and understand the first and third verses of the National Anthem or Royal Anthem.
  • Make up a story involving the Brownie Guide Promise and Law.
Brownies Help at Home

As you grow up, you will find more and more ways of helping at home. Here are some things for you to try - challenge yourself by choosing from them.

  • Cook and serve a simple dessert.
  • Bake and decorate a cake.
  • Serve breakfast in bed to a special person.
  • Hand-wash and iron your brownie uniform - dress, blouse or skivvy, socks and pants.
Brownies Make Things

Here are some more new ideas for you!

Challenge yourself by choosing from:

  • Following instructions, and using a craft and material of your own choice, make an article.
  • Sing an Australian song; and play a bush band instrument you have made (You may do both together if you wish, and you may do both parts of this clause alone or with others).
  • Plan, prepare and take part in entertainment for others.
  • Make a useful article, using second-hand material.
Brownies Lend a Hand

You will keep discovering new ways of lending a hand. Choose from these ideas:

  • Lay and light a fire, under adult supervision, indoors or outdoors, in a properly prepared fireplace, and know how to be safe with fire.
  • Join in a service activity with your six or pack, for the community.
  • Know what to do if someone's clothing catches fire, and how to treat burns and scalds.
  • Know and demonstrate how to achieve a clear airway and how to place an unconscious person in the coma position.
Brownies Have Fun Out of Doors

As you travel the brownie journeys you will discover more and more new ways to enjoy the out-of-doors. choose from these challenges:

  • Observe a tree for one month, and notice which birds visit it, which animals live beneath it; and make some bark rubbings from your tree.
  • Care for a living thing over a period of time to be decided by you with your Leader.
  • Learn about the four seasons, and what causes rain.
  • Help keep Australia beautiful by taking part in an anti-litter campaign.
  • Set a compass and know eight points. Know different methods of finding direction.
Brownies are Friendly
  • Start a scrap book for yourself on the Girl Guide movement in Australia and overseas.
  • Help plan and take part in a Thinking Day activity, Brownie Revels or international pack meeting.
  • Teach the pack a game that can be played by a disabled person; also choose a game your pack enjoys and show how it could be enjoyed by a child with a particular disability.
  • Know what brownies in five other countries are called and be able to describe or draw their uniforms and badges; and learn about the four World Centres.
  • From an older person (and with the approval of your leader o grown-ups) learn some of the things that happened when he or she was young, and be able to pass on what you have learnt in an interesting way.