ORIGINALLY WRITTEN CYNTHIA MARTENS
Brownies are part of an international group of Girl Scouts with a total of nearly 4 million members throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and include more than 80 countries through the USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
As the world’s largest organization dedicated to helping all girls everywhere, its purpose is to inspire them with high ideals of character, conduct, patriotism and service to become happy and resourceful members of their respective communities.
Brownies are girls ages 6 to 8, in grades one through three. The purpose of the young group-preparing to go on to Junior Girl Scouts and Girl Scouts-is to have fun learning to discover people, places and things; to be a ready helper at home; and to make friends in their schools and neighborhoods.
Earned age-level awards available are extensive and include a total of 60 “Try-It” possibilities, such as “Art to Wear,” “Dancercize,” “Point, Click and Go,” “Stitch it Together” and “Eat Right, Stay Healthy.”
Scouts began with 18 members in 1912 in Savannah, Ga., through the leadership of founder Juliette Gordon Low.
The Marion County troops fall under the guidance of the Girl Scout Council of the Flint Hills founded in 1954 in Emporia.
The Flint Hills Girl Scout council received its charter that year and included Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Lyon, Marion, Morris and Osage counties. Those counties, with the addition of West Elk County, are actively listed today on the Flint Hills Council Map.
Sources: www.phgsc.org, www.
girlscouts.org and www.emporia.