Tweenies!

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“.

Due to not meeting face-to-face for 18 months, Daffodil adapted our Tweenie programme to be done at home with a little help from parents.  All Tweenies received a copy of this programme at the start of the term and received a second pack-up containing their Promise ceremony booklet, certificate and badge a few days prior to taking their Promise virtually.

When we return to face-to-face in September 2021, Snowdrop will be taking over as our Tweenies mentor.  They are also allocated a Brownie Buddy.  We ask for an older and more experienced Brownies to volunteer be their Brownie Buddies.

Next term’s Tweenies will be Charlotte, Evie P, Grace & Paige.

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 an adapted (printer friendly) version of 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.

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.