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

 

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

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