Rosebud Game
(to the tune of "Keel Row")

Thanks very much to Erika van Putten, who posted this song/game to the Guiding Mailing List. It's a neat way to introduce the history of Brownies to your girls.

We started out as Rosebuds, Rosebuds, Rosebuds
We started out as Rosebuds
But didn’t like the name!

We asked if we could change it, change it, change it,
We asked if we could change it
So Agnes tried again.

Then B-P thought of Fairy Folk, Fairy folk, Fairy Folk,
Then B-P thought of Fairy Folk,
A helping Brownie Hand.

So now you see we’re Brownies, we’re Brownies, we’re Brownies
So now you see we’re Brownies
Ready to Lend a Hand.


Verse 1 = kneeling on one knee with other foot on floor and knee bent, form a bud shape with hands above head. Sway slightly with the tune – on last line stand up.

Verse 2: holding hands in large circle, skip a few steps into centre of circle, then skip back out. Repeat. On last line, turn and face a partner in the circle.

Verse 3: hook right elbow with partner, and skip step in small circle. On last line, move back to large circle and hold hands.

Verse 4: Large circle skips around as in Brownie Ring. On last line, give LAH signal.

For discussion:

Where did Brownies begin? (England)

Who is B-P mentioned in song? (Lord Baden-Powell – founder of Scouts and Guides)

Who was Agnes, who tried again? (This was Lord Baden-Powell's sister, who was asked to help because B-P knew nothing about girls – he was a bachelor at that time and had served many years in the British Army.)

How would the girls have liked being called Rosebuds? Are they glad the name was changed?

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