The 21st Harpenden Brownies is proud to be affiliated to St Nicholas Parish Church. We are a member of Girlguiding UK which is the largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women in this country. We have about 580,000 members.

St Nicholas Brownies meet in the church hall on Monday nights during school term time from 6.30pm to 8pm. We cover a wide range of activities which encourages the girls to do their best at all times: indoor crafts, cooking, games, plus outdoor activities including visits to places of interest, town quizzes and fun in the park. We also get involved as much as possible with events in Harpenden, i.e. the Carnival, the Farmers’ Market, and the Harpenden in Bloom competitions.

One of the most satisfying aspects of Brownie meetings (for both leaders and Brownies) is our badge work where Brownies are encouraged to try new hobbies and interests to gain a badge. These vary from Circus Performer to Science Investigator and from Discovering Faith to Wildlife Explorer. Much of our badge work is carried out at our meetings but Brownies are always encouraged to try new things on their own.

A pack holiday is an annual event where we take the girls away for the weekend. For the majority of them this is the first time they have spent time away from home. We teach them to be responsible for themselves and to learn new skills. It always surprises us how many girls enjoy peeling potatoes!

A Brownie pack usually consists of twenty-four Brownies however at St Nicholas we have been known to accommodate thirty Brownies so as not to disappoint anyone.

Our waiting lists are generally full so it is advisable to add names to it early. We also have a vacancy for an adult leader so if anyone is interested in hearing more about our voluntary work, please contact Julia at

Full training is given for the safety of the girls however the emphasis each week is on having fun and teaching the Brownies to become responsible and caring citizens