Everyone Helps in the Troop
Your Brownie troop is your troop. Your leaders help you all the
time, but it takes every one of you to make it a good troop. Every
Brownie helps make the rules, not just one person. Every Brownie has
a turn doing the jobs that must be done at each meeting. And, most
important, all of you together decide what you are going to do at your
At a troop meeting, Brownies make decisions and plan what they will do in
a special way. It is called the Brownie Ring. All the girls
sit in a circle. This makes it easy to see each other. If your
troop chooses to you might recite this poem when your Brownie ring is
Round and round
and round about,
Take the hand of a Brownie Scout,
Here we are in Brownie Ring,
Ready for almost anything!
There are many
things to talk about in the Brownie Ring. You will all have lots of
ideas. But, of course, not everyone can talk at once!
When you have something to say, you make the talking sign. This is
done by making the Girl Scout sign with your right hand and placing your
hand down in the Brownie Ring with your fingertips touching the floor.
Then you wait until your troop leader or the girl who is leading the
Brownie Ring calls your name. That will mean it is your turn to
talk. In this way, each Brownie gets the chance to say what she
thinks. You tell what you like to do. You listen to the other
Brownies tell what they like to do. There will be times when even
good friends will not agree on the same plan for a troop. It is at
these times that Brownies vote on what will be best for the group.
Often Brownies vote by just raising their hands. But sometimes you
might want to have a secret vote. One way to do this is for each
girl to cover her eyes with one hand or arm and raise the other hand.
Then your troop leader or the girl who is leading the Brownie Ring counts
Some of the best ideas your troop will think of will not cost anything.
For others, you will need some money. This money comes from troop
dues. You pay these dues every week. The dues are up to you.
You talk about dues in your Brownie Ring. Then you decided, with
your leader, how much your dues should be.
Suppose your troop decides to do something special, like going on a hike
or giving a party. There will be many important jobs to do.
Will everyone do all of the jobs? You would never get done. Instead,
a few of you take one job, and a few of you take another. Then the
work gets done on time. The girls working together on a job are
called a committee. You are responsible for your part of your
committee work. Do you know what being responsible means? It
means that do will do what you say you will do. You will do it as
well as you can. Responsible is a good word for Brownies to learn
and a good thing for Brownies to be.
As you work together on committees, you learn more and more about doing
your share. You become more responsible and are able to do bigger
jobs. You may then take turns being officers. In a Brownie
troop, officers are changed often, so that everyone learns how to be one.
When all of you have taken turns being officers, your troop may be ready
to elect officers. Your leader will let you know when you are ready.
When you elect an officer, vote for the girl who can do the job best.
Suppose you want your best friend to be treasurer. But she is not
very good at math. Would you vote for her for this job? Your
friend will understand that you are being fair if you vote for another
girl. If you are elected an officer, do the best job you can.
But you do not have to be an officer to help run your troop.
Everyone's ideas are heard in the Brownie Ring.