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From 1918 through to 1968, Brownies had a fixed programme of tests to work on.  After they had completed Tenderfoot and earned their Promise Badge, they started working on the clauses for Golden Bar.  And once that was completed they practiced towards their Golden Hand test.  It was unusual in that although practice could be done, and the handicraft items could be prepared, the actual test was carried out all on one day by an independent tester - and all clauses had to be completed at once.  It was in the 1950s that an intermediate step, called Golden Ladder, was introduced, to give a step towards the Golden Hand, and also provide an option for those who might not quite achieve Golden Hand.  The badges were initially made on felt, and later were woven.

1918 Guide Handbook - Second Class Test


I

1) Know how the Union Jack is made up, and the right way to fly it.

2) Be able to tie the following knots and know their uses: Reef knot, Sheet-bend, Clove-hitch, Fisherman's knot.

3) Be able to do up a parcel neatly.

II

4) Hem a handkerchief or duster.

5) Darn a stocking.

III

6) Lay a table for dinner for two people.

7) Bind up a cut finger or grazed knee.

IV

8) Perform the first two physical exercises given in the Handbook and know their objects.

9) Know how and why she should keep nails cut and clean, and teeth clean, and why breathe through the nose.

10) Bowl a hoop or hop around a figure of eight course.

11) Throw a ball ten yards with the right hand, and then with the left.

12) Throw a ball so that a girl six yards away catches it four times out of six.


1930 POR - Second Class test

A Brownie must:-

I Intelligence

Know the composition of the Union Jack and right way to fly it.

Tie the following knots and know their uses:- Reef-knot; sheet-bend; clove-hitch; round turn and two half hitches.

Do up a parcel neatly.

Must observe and describe something belonging to the outside world, chosen by herself.  This may be sky, sea, bird, tree, flower, animal, etc.

II Handicraft

Make something useful, showing the hemming stitch.

Darn an article or do the darning stitch.

III Physical Health

Know how and why she should keep nails cut and clean, and teeth clean, and why breathe through the nose.

Bowl a hoop or hop round a figure-of-eight course.

Throw a ball ten yards with the right hand and then with the left.

Throw a ball so that a girl six yards away catches it four times out of six.

IV Service

Lay a table for two for dinner.


1950 POR - Second Class

A Brownie Must:

I - Intelligence

1) Know the composition of the Union Jack and right way to fly it.

2) Tie the following knots and know their uses: Reef-knot; sheet-bend; round turn and two half hitches.

3) Have a practical knowledge of the rules of the road.  Before she wins her Second Class, each Brownie must take Brown Owl or Tawny Owl for a "Stop, Look, Listen" walk.

4) Observe and describe something belonging to the outside world, chosen by herself.  This may be sky, sea, bird, tree, flower, animal, etc.

II - Handicraft

1) Make some useful article which must include a turned down hem sewn with a decorative tacking stitch; 

or

Darn an article or do the darning stitch.

2) Show two methods of sewing on buttons and sew one button on to actual garment.

III - Health

1) Know how and why she should keep nails cut and clean, and teeth clean, and why breathe through the nose.

2) Bowl a hoop or hop round a figure-of-eight course.

3) Skip twenty times without a break, turning the rope backwards.

4) Throw a ball against a wall from a point ten feet away from it and catch it four times out of six.

or

Catch a ball thrown from a distance of six yards and return it to the sender.  Throwing and catching to be accurate four times out of six.

IV - Service

Lay a table for two for dinner.


1960 POR - Second Class

1) Know how the Union Jack and the flag of her own country are made up and the right way to fly them.

2) Tie the following knots and know their uses: reef; sheetbend; round turn and two half-hitches.

3) Show that she understands the rules of the road, and take Brown Owl or Tawny Owl for a 'Stop, Look, and Listen' walk.

4) Observe and describe something belonging to the outside world, chosen by herself, e.g., sky, sea, bird, tree, flower, animal, etc.; or

Make a collection of six flowers or shells or feathers, etc., and name them.

5) Make a useful article to include a turned-down hem sewn with a decorative tacking stitch; or

6) Show two methods of sewing on buttons and sew one button on to a garment.

7) Know how and why she should keep her teeth clean, her nails cut and clean; and why breathe through the nose.

8) Hop round a figure-of-eight or bowl a hoop.

9) Skip twenty times without a break, turning the rope backwards.

10) Throw a ball against a wall from a point 10 ft. away and catch it four times out of six; or

Catch a ball thrown from a distance of 6 yds.  and return it to the sender, four times out of six.

11) Lay a table for two for dinner.


1965 (July) POR - Second Class Test

The candidate must have passed the Enrolment test.

1) Know how the Union flag and the flag of her own country are made up and the right way to fly them.

2) Tie the following knots and know their uses: reef; sheetbend; round turn and two half hitches.

3) Show that she understands the rules of the road, and take Brown Owl or Tawny Owl for a 'Stop, Look, and Listen' walk.

4) Observe and describe something belonging to the outside world, chosen by herself, e.g., sky, sea, bird, tree, flower, animal, etc.; or

Make a collection of six flowers or shells or feathers, etc., and name them.

5) Make a useful article to include a turned-down hem sewn with a decorative taking stitch; or

Darn an article or do the darning stitch.

6) Show two methods of sewing on buttons and sew one button on to a garment.

7) Know how and why she should keep her teeth clean, her nails cut and clean; and why breathe through the nose.

8) Pass two of the following clauses:

a) From a cross-legged sitting position with arms folded stand up and sit down in good style three times.

b) Without touching the ground with hands or feet cover a distance of seven yards on two inverted flower-pots or tins.

c) Balancing a ball on a board about 8in square held flat on the palm of the hand, walk with good posture round a figure of eight.  Repeat using the other hand.

d) While weaving her way through a straight line of 5 tins (placed not more than 2 ft. apart), round the end one, and back to starting-point, and without touching any tin with ball or foot, pat-bounce ball in good style.

9) Skip twenty times without a break, turning the rope backwards.

10) Throw a ball against a wall from a point 10 ft. away and catch it four times out of six; or

Catch a ball thrown from a distance of 6 yds. and return it to the sender, four times out of six.

11) Lay a table for two for dinner.


Alternative Clauses for Extension Brownies

Hospital, Physically Handicapped, and Post Groups:

2) Tie the following knots and know their uses: reef; sheetbend; round turn and two half hitches, if necessary with the help of someone else.

3) Show proficiency in a game based on the rules of the road.

5) Make a useful article

6) Hold a skein of wool for winding; or wind a ball of wool.

8) Play Tiddlywinks or a similar game requiring patience and skill and do one of the ordinary tests:

a) From a cross-legged sitting position with arms folded stand up and sit down in good style three times.

b) Without touching the ground with hands or feet cover a distance of seven yards on two inverted flower-pots or tins.

c) Balancing a ball on a board about 8 in. square held flat on the palm of the hand, walk with good posture round a figure of eight.  Repeat using the other hand.

d) While weaving her way through a straight line of 5 tins (placed not more than 2ft. apart), round the end one, and back to starting-point, and without touching any tin with ball or foot, pat-bounce ball in good style.

9) Show proficiency in a game needing balance or control.

10) Throw a ball against a wall from a point 10 ft. away and catch it four times out of six; or

Catch a ball thrown from a distance of 6 yds. and return it to the sender, four times out of six; or

Bounce and catch a ball twelve times; or 

Pat-bounce a ball; or throw a ball up and catch it twelve times.

Blind Group

5) Make a useful article; or

Thread ribbon through slots, and tie bows neatly.

8) Hop to a given point and back again, and do one of the ordinary tests:

a) From a cross-legged sitting position with arms folded stand up and sit down in good style three times.

b) Without touching the ground with hands or feet cover a distance of seven yards on two inverted flower-pots or tins.

c) Balancing a ball on a board about 8 in. square held flat on the palm of the hand, walk with good posture round a figure of eight.  Repeat using the other hand.

d) While weaving her way through a straight line of 5 tins (placed not more than 2 ft. apart), round the end one, and back to starting-point, and without touching any tin with ball or foot, pat-bounce ball in good style.

10) Jump 12 in. high; or perform arm and breathing exercises.


1953 POR - Intermediate Test

A Brownie must:

1) Know 15 letters of the alphabet in semaphore and be able to send and receive simple words.

2) Be able to set a compass and know eight points.

3) Knit a small, useful article.

4) Fold clothes neatly.

5) Skip thirty times without a break turning the rope backwards.

6) Throw a ball overarm, to land over a line seven yards away within two side lines three yards apart.

7) Clean shoes.

8) Carry a message of at least twelve words in her head, for over five minutes, and deliver it correctly.

This is an optional stage to First Class and may be tested by the Brownie's own Guider.


1965 (July) POR - Golden Ladder Test

The candidate must have passed the Second Class test.

1) Know fifteen letters of the alphabet in semaphore; send and read simple words.

2) Set a compass and know eight points.

3) Knit a small useful article.

4) Fold clothes neatly.

5) Throw a ball overarm to land over a line 7 yds. away within two side lines 3 yds. apart.

6) Skip thirty times without a break turning the rope backwards.

7) Carry a message of at least twelve words in her head for over five minutes, and deliver it correctly.

8) Clean shoes.

1918 Guide Handbook - First Class Brownie test


I

1) Know the alphabet in Morse or Semaphore, and be able to send and read three letters out of four correctly.

2) Know the first two verses of God Save the King.

3) Know eight points of the compass.

II

4) Clean knives, forks, and spoons.

5) Make dolls' clothes or Brownie Overall (which may be already cut out).

6) Knit a pair of wristlets or muffler.

7) Lay and light a fire; make tea and a milk pudding.

8) Fold clothes neatly.

III

9) Carry a message of twelve words in her head for over five minutes and deliver it correctly.

10) Apply a triangular bandage.

IV

11) Perform the whole five body movements in the Handbook, and know their objects.


1930 POR - First Class test

I Intelligence

Know the alphabet in semaphore, and be able to send and read three letters out of four correctly.

Know first and last verses of "God Save the King".

Know eight points of the compass.

Must have taken care of a plant, from seed or bulb, and be able to tell the examiner something about the way it has grown, and what has been done with it.

II Handicraft

Clean forks and spoons.

Knit a child's scarf or jumper or some other garment.

Lay and light a fire; make tea and a milk pudding.

Fold clothes neatly.  Clean shoes.

III Physical Health

Walk ten yards balancing a book the size of "Girl Guiding" on the head; sit down on a chair, get up again, and return to the "starting point."

Skip 30 times without a break, turning the rope backwards, and skip one fancy step.

IV Service

Carry a message of twelve words in her head for over five minutes and deliver it correctly.  Bind up a cut finger or grazed knee.  Know what to do if clothing catches fire.


1950 POR - First Class

A Brownie must have won her Golden Bar (Second Class) and show that she is really trying to be a Brownie before taking her Golden Hand (First Class) test.

I - Intelligence

1) Know the alphabet in semaphore, and be able to send and read three letters out of four correctly, and send and read simple words.

2) Know and understand the meaning of the first and last verses of "God Save the King".

3) Be able to set a compass and know eight points.

4) Have taken care of a plant, from seed and bulb, and be able to describe to the tester something about the way it has grown, and what has been done with it.

5) Tie up and address a parcel for the post, under any slip knot.

II - Handicraft

1) Knit a child's scarf or jumper or some other garment.

2) Lay and light a fire.

3) Cook a useful dish, such as milk pudding, porridge, potatoes or other vegetable, or prepare a mixed salad.

4) Make tea.

5) Fold clothes neatly.

III Health

1) Throw a ball overarm to land over a line ten yards away, and within two side lines three yards apart.

2) Skip thirty times without a break, turning the rope backwards, and skip two of the following steps:

a) Feet crossing.

b) Pointing toes forward.

c) Turning rope quickly ("pepper").

d) Hopping with knee raising.

V - Service

1) Carry a message of at least twelve words in her head for over five minutes and deliver it correctly.

2) Bind up a cut finger and grazed knee.

3) Know what to do if clothing catches fire.

4) Clean shoes.

Brownies entering for the First Class Test may not be tested by their own Brownie Guiders or by the Guiders of the company to which the pack is attached.  Guiders from other companies of packs, or outside friends of the Movement, may be testers if appointed by the Local Association.


1960 POR - First Class

The candidate must hold the Golden Bar and show that she is trying to keep the Brownie Promise.

1) Know the alphabet in semaphore; send and read three letters out of four correctly; send and read simple words.

2) Know and understand the meaning of the first and last verses of 'God Save the Queen.

3) Set a compass and know eight points.

4) Have taken care of a plant, from seed or bulb, and describe to the tester something about the way it has grown, and how it was tended.

5) Using any slip knot, tie up and address a parcel for the post.

6) Knit a child's scarf or jumper or some other garment.

7) Lay and light a fire.

If local conditions make this impossible the following may be substituted: Wash and iron a Brownie tie.

8) Cook a milk pudding, porridge or equivalent dish, or potatoes or other vegetable, or prepare a mixed salad.

9) Make tea.

10) Fold clothes neatly.

11) Throw a ball overarm to land over a line 10 yds. away within two side lines 3 yds. apart.

12) Skip thirty times without a break, turning the rope backwards, and skip two of the following steps: 

a) Feet crossing.

b) Pointing toes forward.

c) Turning rope quickly ('pepper').

d) Hopping with knee raising.

13) Carry a message of at least twelve words in her head for over five minutes and deliver it correctly.

14) Bind up a cut finger and grazed knee.

15) Know what to do if clothing catches fire.

16) Clean shoes.

Note: The candidate must be ready to be tested in all sections on the same day.  If necessary the test may be taken on two days, provided that the interval is not more than approximately one week.


1965 (July) POR - First Class

The candidate must have passed the Second Class test and show that she is trying to keep the Brownie Promise.

1) Know the alphabet in semaphore; send and read three letters out of four correctly; send and read simple words.

2) Know and understand the meaning of the first and last verses of 'God Save the Queen'.

3) Set a compass and know eight points.

4) Have taken care of a plant, from seed or bulb, and describe to the tester something about the way it has grown, and how it was looked after.

5) Using any slip knot, tie up and address a parcel for the post.

6) Knit a child's garment or a teacosy or hot water bottle cover.

7) Lay and light a fire.  If local conditions make this impossible the following may be substituted: Wash and iron a Brownie tie.

8) Cook one of the following: a pudding; a vegetable; porridge; small cakes; or equivalent, or Prepare a mixed salad.

9) Make tea.

10) Fold clothes neatly.

11) Throw a ball overarm to land over a line 10 yds. away within two side lines 3 yds apart.

12) Skip thirty times without a break, turning the rope backwards, and skip any two fancy steps such as: feet crossing; pointing toes forward; turning rope quickly ('pepper'); hopping with knee raising.

13) Carry a message of at least twelve words in her head for over five minutes and deliver it correctly.

14) Clean and bind up a cut finger and grazed knee.

15) Know what to do if clothing catches fire.

16) Clean shoes.

Note: The candidate must be ready to be tested in all sections on the same day.  If necessary the test may be taken on two days, provided that the interval is not more than approximately one week.


Alternative Tests for Extension Brownies:

Hospital, Physically Handicapped, and Post Groups

1) Know the alphabet in semaphore; send and read three letters out of four correctly; send and read simple words. (The semaphore may be sent with the aid of a cardboard model or other mechanical arms).

6) Make something useful.

8) Be able to peel potatoes, or prepare fruit for stewing.

9) Give directions for making tea.

11) Throw a ball overarm to land over a line 10 yds. away within two side lines 3 yds apart (distance according to capacity, and/or in any style).

12) Jump 18 in. high; or perform a sequence of rhythmic hand claps showing four different patterns.

Blind Group

1) Know the alphabet in morse; send and read three letters out of four correctly; send and read simple words or know the manual alphabet as adapted for the deaf/blind.

3) Know eight points of the compass.

7) Lay a fire for someone to light.

8) Prepare a milk pudding or prepare fruit for stewing.

9) Fill up a glass with water from the tap without letting it overflow.

SEN Group

1) Know the alphabet in semaphore (number of letters according to capacity but not less than ten).