Mrs. C. Coolidge Kreis on Brownies

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Mrs. C. Coolidge Kreis on Brownies - GIRL SCOUT LEADER BROWNIE PROGRAM "When I am...
GIRL SCOUT LEADER BROWNIE PROGRAM "When I am asked what Brownies do at their weekly meeting, I always answer, They play,'" .said Mrs. C. Coolidge Kreis, Brownie specialist of the Girl ScouL regional committee, in discussing the Brownie division of the Girl Scout program today. Brownies are the youngest group of the Girl Scout organization, which this week is carrying on its yearly appeal for financial help from the community. ' Seeks Definite Ideals Girl Scouting is recreational, Mrs. Kreis went on to explain, with a characler-huilding program under which girls, ranging in age from 7 to 18 years, by working together in a spirit of play learn ideals of good health, effective citizenship, and service to others. It aims first of nil to give the girl fun in groups of companions her own nge. The group is a democratic one, where social, religious, and racial differences are not important and where initiative is encouraged in the planning and carrying on of activities. "It is quite fitting and natural that the spirit of happy play should most'predominate in the Brownie, or youngest, group," Mrs. Kreis said. "If you should look in on a group of Brownies quiet and intent over some craft work, or buzzing with interest as they write original poems about what they did at" the beach last \feck, you might think these Brownies were working hard. But no, they are really playing, for there is no real difference between work and play except in the spirit in which they are done, and is work unless you would rather doing something else." Diverse Playing At what do Brownies play? music, literature, arts and crafts, games, home-making-, ceremonies and dramatics, nature, helpfulness and service. Brownie* and Girl Scouts are same, with Brownie meetings down to the abilities of the fittle girl. The Brownie program seeks help the little girl find'her place an informal group, and for that reason, Brownie packs are small. is limited to 16 girls, with not than a two-year nge range In ona group. In play, a wide given, in order to discover individual interests. This is along lines the activity program in modern education, whereby children are encouraged to follow the subjects interest them, Fourteen Packs Here "In the Burlingame-San Mateo- Hillsborough district we have fourteen Brown^ packs, with more 200 girls enrolled/' Mrs. Kreis added. "In the Brownie group we to begin lifelong recreational interests and hobbies. Some of these the enjoyment of outdoor life, the love of good books, the appreciatior of music and skill in arts and crafts. Through activities in the Brownie meetings the little girl grows info a happy, socialized child. Such a child we believe grow naturally into an emotionally well balanced and effective adult. 1

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  1. The Times,
  2. 05 Oct 1937, Tue,
  3. Page 5

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