For sale is a 1960s era GIRL SCOUT BROWNIE DANCING ELF LAPEL PIN. This gold tone metal pin features a “brownie” or “dancing elf”. A great Girl Scout collectible.
Before the level of Girl Scouting we currently know as “Brownies” was previously called “Rosebuds”. But the girls who were Rosebuds didn’t like their name, so they asked the organization to come up with a new name. The renamed “Brownies” level may have been inspired by Juliana Horatia Ewing’s 1870’s story, “The Brownies”, a story about a couple of helpful Brownie children. According to folklore, Brownies are small, good-natured spirits or goblins (sometimes called “magical little people”) that would appear during the night and do good deeds around the house. They never let the people see them at work, but those who caught glimpses of them described them as very small, with brown hair and skin.
Juliette Gordon Low established the Girl Scouts as an organization to prepare girls to meet their world with courage, confidence, and character. In 1912, in the midst of the Progressive Era—and at a time when women in the United States couldn’t yet vote—this nearly deaf 51-year-old sparked a worldwide movement inspiring girls to embrace, together, their individuality, strength, and intellect. The Girl Scouts today includes 1.7 million Girl Scouts in 92 countries. They’ve done so well that the struggling Boy Scouts are trying to pouch the girls to join the Boy Scouts.
There are six levels of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience: Daisy Girl Scout (grades K–1); Brownie Girl Scout (grades 2–3); Junior Girl Scout (grades 4–5); Cadette Girl Scout (grades 6–8); Senior Girl Scout (grades 9–10); and Ambassador Girl Scout (grades 11–12).