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    jennthefunkyranger speaks very good french, if not fluent. she teaches it in school!

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    I am putting the ones I have collected so far in Google Docs as we can't get into Downloads to put new stuff on there at the moment. Here they are:

    The Jeanette story from France (French Brownies are called Jeanette, they wear Blue and their "adventure" goes into the Blue Forest, where they work in a Ronde or Circle.

    A slightly different Brownie story from Finland

    The Sixes story from South Africa

    The Birds story from Greece (Greek Brownies are called Birds)

    Another story from France about Chantal
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    This is my translation of the French story about Jeanettes. It doesn't fully make sense in places, as given that no two languages map directly onto each other, it can be difficult to phrase something in a different language even if you understand it in the original. Marie Diémer is the founder of Guiding in France.

    Loyal to Baden Powell’s ideas, who thought that “the best way of preparing young girls and boys to become good Guides and Scouts, was having a good history and supporting the fact that Scouting should be flexible enough to adapt to the mentality of each country”, wrote Marie Diémer. She thinks that “Le livre de la forêt bleue” (The book of the blue forest) was adapted the best to the mentality of young French girls than that of the English Brownies.

    Abandoning the animal theme, Marie created the character of ‘Jeanette’ in support of Joan of Arc (Jeanne D’Arc in French), canonised in 1920. Jeanette is a little shepherdess that Marie Diémer didn’t want associating with Joan of Arc. She is a little girl, like those invited to discover “the blue forest”, that’s to say to live a simple life of a young girl there. Jeanette sees a group of young girls her age who are playing in the forest, on the other side of the river. In order to join them, Jeanette must do a test, meeting different things and in different situations, making the most of her resourcefulness, her spirit and her dedication. Her tenacity allows her to join ‘the circle’ of the young girls, where the captain teaches her that the group obeys one law that Jeanette comes to live with without doubting it, and invited her to enter the forest to find and cut the three flowers that must be found that go with the three paths of life for the circle.
    The blue forest is the real and marvellous universe of the Creating. It is the play area and the life of the Circle. In the setting or nature they make their first discoveries. On the ‘paths’, by stages, a collection of activities to develop the necessary qualities for life of the group (a Jeanette is always clean, always active say the first articles of the law). The proposed progression stimulates physical, manual and intellectual development and stimulates the moral conscience (a Jeanette is always happy, always tells the complete truth say the other two articles), and favours a sociability responding to the maturity of a child (a Jeanette thinks of others first)
    The entering of the forest is the first ritual. Each stage of development is acted out with the children symbolising the parts: the water and the flow of the river to enter the circle, the walk on the paths, the signs of progression by the blue and white flowers, found and cut in the designated places like the gold flower near to the house, the paths, the promise
    The forest is firstly a real universe, that of nature, in the woods, by the sea or in the desert where the Jeanettes discover the laws of nature, the plants and the animals that always follow a pattern. They understand that in creation like all other people, they, little girls, are free: they can say yes, they can say no, they have a conscience that allows them to choose, a conscience guided by Christian ideas which refer to the movement. The 24 little girls in the circle are called to become themselves by putting into place the law of the Jeanettes, where they live, in the county or city, at home or at school. They will then truly be in the ‘blue forest’, that’s to say, called on to discover at the heart of the creation, the kingdom of god where each of them has a place.
    The proposition of Jeanette stays with the young girl in her world, in her imagination. She becomes the subject of her own story, the main actor who must not wait “to be big” to live a full life. At the beginning of the 20th century, this novice teaching joins sociology and psychology thanks to the modified attitudes around the child. They are advised that they don’t live like a small adult, but as another adult, different, original
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    Thanks Jenn - that's the "offical" story - I'll try and send you the "fantasy" story for a better translation than the one I did!

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