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Brownie Six Emblems

Hilzo42

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#1
Someone was asking about Brownie Six emblems.

This isn't from CHQ, but as there were only 12 emblems it's a much easier list to compile!
I can't answer for those during the Rosebud era though.

Originally Brownies could only use certain emblems depending on which region of the UK they were in.

ALL REGIONS
Elf
Fairy
Gnome
Imp
Pixie
Sprite

SCOTLAND ONLY
Kelpie
Ghillie Dhu

WALES ONLY
Bwabachod
Tylwyth Teg

IRELAND ONLY
Leprechaun
Little People

Fairy, Little People & Tylwyth Teg disappeared during the 1960's, most likely during the time period the Guide Patrol Emblem selection was cut down (roughly 1966).

It's likely that the regional usage was abandoned at the same time so all units had a choice of the 9 remaining emblems.

Of course blanks were available for units to make their own.

 
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charmedone100

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#2
that is really cool thanks hilzo i am bidding on little people but it is so rare it goes for a foutune so does bwabachod but i got one cheap dont tell froggy
 

IvyN

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#3
Having a look on Ebay,the current ones but old designs are being sold here however, she doesn't say which are which!
Also found this one that has a Bwbachod.
 

Pigeon_Owl

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#5
ALL REGIONS
Elf


Fairy


Gnome


Imp


Pixie


Sprite



SCOTLAND ONLY
Kelpie


Ghillie Dhu



WALES ONLY
Bwabachod


Tylwyth Teg



IRELAND ONLY
Leprechaun


Little People
 

fenris

fenris
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#8
The Welsh, Scottish and Irish ones were always available for anyone in the Country to use. They dropped Fairy because it had developed unfortunate conotations, and Little People because it referred to all the 'fairy-folk', rather than a particular variety like the others did. Tylwyth Teg was dropped at the same time, though I'm not aware of a particular reason.

Each Six had a rhyme which they might sing as part of the unit's opening ceremony, and later, stories were created by Freda Collins to 'explain' the meaning behind the rhyme, and published in a book called 'Pow Wow Stories'. (If anyone wants copies of particular stories I'm happy to PM them, but the stories for the Scottish, Irish and Welsh emblems are written with somewhat corny accent built in - you have been warned!)
 

Yorkielass

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#9
We still do six songs at the end of our meetings most weeks!

Fenris I'd love them, but we're having a new six when we start in September and I don't know what they'll be called, but when I know I'll pm you if that's ok.
 
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Hilzo42

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#12
The Welsh, Scottish and Irish ones were always available for anyone in the Country to use. They dropped Fairy because it had developed unfortunate conotations, and Little People because it referred to all the 'fairy-folk', rather than a particular variety like the others did. Tylwyth Teg was dropped at the same time, though I'm not aware of a particular reason.
I had that there were regional differences from the Consolidated List book. Though I know it does contain errors.

That to me was backed up by the fact that the Republic of Ireland only uses Elf, Fairy, Gnome, Imp, Leprechaun, Little People, Pixie & Sprite.
While I can understand that emblems like Tywyth Teg wouldn't be used by the Irish anyway, ones like Kelpie probably would (its even used in Canada!). Ireland had it's own independent Association set up in the 1930's.

I think another email to CHQ is in order to clear up the issue! :D
 
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KatieW

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#13
The Six rhymes are here:
Sprite (Green)
Here we come, the sprightly Sprites, brave and helpful like the knights.

Elf (Blue)
This is what we do as Elves, think of others not ourselves.

Gnome (White with Black Broom)
Here you see the laughing Gnomes, helping mother in our homes.

Fairy (Yellow)
We're the fairies glad and gay, helping others every day.

Leprechaun (Irish) (Red)
We're the Irish Leprechaun, guiding strangers when forlorn.

Little People (Irish) (Green and Yellow Stripes)
We, though known as 'Little People', aim as high as any steeple.

Imp (Yellow)
We're the ever-helpful Imps, quick and quiet as any shrimps.

Pixie (Green)

Look out! We're the jolly Pixies, helping people when in fixes.

Kelpie (Scottish) (Red and Yellow)
We're the little Scottish Kelpies, smart and quick and ready helpers.

Tylwyth Teg (Welsh) (Red and White)
We're from Wales the Tylwyth Teg, dance and work and never beg.

Ghillie Dhu (Scottish) (Green and Red)

Ghillie Dhu it is our name. We guard the bairns and lead them hame.

Bwbachod (Welsh) (Fawn)

We're the Bwbachod from Wales, filling farmers' milking pails.
 

Yorkielass

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#14
Here are what ours sing - slightly updated/altered versions of what Katie has posted!

Sprite (Green)
Here we come, the sprightly Sprites, brave and helpful like the knights.
Here we come the sprightly Sprites, always quick to do what's right

Elf (Blue)
This is what we do as Elves, think of others not ourselves.
Same

Gnome (White with Black Broom)
Here you see the laughing Gnomes, helping mother in our homes.
Here we are the laughing Gnomes, helping others in our homes.

Pixie (Green)

Look out! We're the jolly Pixies, helping people when in fixes.
Here we are the jolly Pixies helping others in their sixes
 

IvyN

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#15
Our version of the rhymes are slightly different, but basically the same. We sing them at the start of the meeting, after the "We're Brownie Guides" song, and each six sings it while skipping around the toadstool.
Pixies
Here we come the jolly pixies, helping others in their fixies.

Leprechauns
Here we come the lucky Leprechauns, helping others in life's little storms.

Elf
Here we come the perky Elves, helping others, not ourselves.

Gnome
Here we come the Jolly Gnomes, helping others in their homes.
 

Jenbug

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#16
I just noticed someone here said Bwabachod was a rare one.....that was the six I was in, makes me want to find my sash now! Never knew it was rare.
 

charmedone100

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#17
is there a tune to go with the sixes song

yes they are really rare if they were just in wales has i found all other sixes very easily and cheaply, on ebay they go for 4-5 the fairy one goes for much more m wachting on at the moment
 

Hilzo42

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#19
yes they are really rare if they were just in wales has i found all other sixes very easily and cheaply, on ebay they go for 4-5 the fairy one goes for much more m wachting on at the moment
Bwabachod was available countrywide for years, but I just don't think it was top of the list for six names for most units.
Outside of Wales it was probably bottom if for no other reason that a lot of people didn't know how to pronounce it! which is a shame as I quite like it.

I wouldn't say they're that rare - but they don't tend to turn up individually much. I remember my home town depot always stocking all the emblems, I guess it depends if the seller in question is only selling those a unit had or if they have access to the full range.

Of those that were scrapped: Fairy is quite a common badge to find on eBay. I think a lot of units used it. Little People I've come across on rare occasions. I've never seen Tylwyth Teg. Though Popcorn does re-productions of all 3.
 
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ker-stee

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#20
Bwabachod was available countrywide for years, but I just don't think it was top of the list for six names for most units.
Outside of Wales it was probably bottom if for no other reason that a lot of people didn't know how to pronounce it!
I was told if I could learn to pronounce it I could be the sixer :D

I took that challenge (And knew a Welsh lady!)