Meet the Radical Brownies:
“The girls, ages 8-12, are part of the “Radical Brownies,” an edgier, younger version of the Girl Scouts where girls earn badges for completing workshops on social protests, and a beauty workshop that celebrate racial diversity.
In the Radical Brownies, girls learn about social justice movements such the Black Panthers and the Chicano group Brown Berets. They wear their brown berets in homage to those two groups. But they also study how Disney princesses define girls’ image of beauty, and how that can affect self-image.
The Radical Brownies have their own badge system, including one for “Radical Beauty” and an “LGBT ally” badge. The girls also earned a “Black Lives Matter” badge after learning about police accountability and attending a civil rights march in Oakland.”
I don’t think I could love this any more than I do. This is awesome! When I was a kid in the late 80s, I joined the Brownies mostly because my dad was a Boy Scout and my twin brother was a Boy Scout, and so I did the Girl Scout thing. But after a year, I quit. We were being taught things I thought were silly, things that little tom-boy Chelsea just didn’t wanna do: how to cook, how to set the table, how to sew a skirt for a doll. I hated that stuff. And my brother was learning archery and making pinewood derby cars, and I wanted to do that stuff. So, I told my Dad I was quitting, and he let me tag along to the Boy Scouts. I learned orienteering out in the woods, shot a BB gun, did a ropes course, and generally had a total blast.
I’ve since learned that, of course, not all Girl Scouts groups were as weirdly gendered in their activities as mine was. But these Radical Brownies are so much cooler than anything I’ve heard about from the Girl Scouts. If I had a daughter, I’d want her to get this kind of education.