Here at 1st Waddington (RAF) Brownies, when a new girl joins Brownies for the first time, she is known as a Tweenie until she takes her Promise. A “Tweenie” is a girl who is ‘tween not being a Brownie and being a Brownie”.
Our Tweenies have one of the Leaders as a mentor. In the past this has been Buttercup, Daisy and Tulip; our current Tweenie mentor is Daisy and Lavender is taking over after Easter. They are also allocated a Brownie Buddy. We ask for an older and more experienced Brownies to volunteer be their Brownie Buddies.
To help our Tweenies settle in, get to know everything about Brownies and prepare for their promise, we have a 6-10 week programme especially developed just for them. Although, no longer an official part of the Brownie programme, we have decided to continue to use the excellent Becoming a Brownie book which teaches the girls everything they need to know about Brownies, the traditional Brownie story and helps them learn their Brownie Promise and Law. We also run the Mission Promise Challenge pack, another excellent resource written by another Unit which is full of fun activities to help reinforce everything covered by the Becoming a Brownie book. From September 2020, we will have a new Tweenie programme written by Daffodil which will replace the print-heavy Mission Promise challenge pack with a more printer friendly version.
We give the girls plenty of time to complete the book and the Mission Promise with 15 minute Tweenie sessions every meeting plus we’ll ask them to do an activity or worksheet at home too. Depending on the age and capabilities of the Tweenies, the programme takes around 6-10 weeks to complete. For use during their sessions, the Tweenies also have the loan of the official Brownie Handbook which goes into a more detail about Girlguiding in general.