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Why are Girl Scouts called Brownies?

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Brownie is a rank of Girl Scout that is one level above Daisy and one below Junior Girl Scout. Girls who reach this rank are from the ages of 7 to 10 years old. The name "Brownies" was given to them by Lord Baden-Powell.

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The name "Brownies" is believed by many to be taken from the story, "The Brownies." This story, written by Juliana Horatia Ewing in 1870, is about a couple of helpful brownie children. According to folklore, brownies are good-natured spirits that appear during the night to do good deeds around the house. The rank of Brownie once had a different name, Rosebud. However, the girls of this rank did not like the name "Rosebuds" for their rank and asked Lord Baden-Powell for a name change. Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouting, inspired Juliette Gordon Low to create Girl Scouting.

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