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Explorer Section Badgework (ages 5 – 7)

Explorers start badgework when they are aged 5.  The star award is unique to this age group in Girls’ Brigade.  Each part of the star represents a part of the badgework programme. At the centre are the letters GB.  These stand for Girls’ Brigade but also for God’s Book and we should centre all work on the Bible and all else can radiate from this starting point.
Explorers are often treasure seekers and treasure finders.  Our GB Explorers can find personal treasure through our Explorer programme.  This is expressed by calling our star points by names of jewels as below:

  • Emerald = Exploring - God’s world and discovering its beauty.
  • Sapphire = Self and Service - learning about themselves and others.
  • Topaz = Talents and Tasks - using the gifts God has given.
  • Amethyst = Activity.
  • Ruby = Riches - enjoying music, stories, poems, arts.

The initial letters spell ‘ESTAR’.

Explorer Star

Explorers achieve a star award by completing at least 1 subject from each of the 5 points of the Star plus the centre.  This would normally take one Brigade year.  There are 3 circles for Explorers to achieve, each distinguished by the colour at the centre:  bronze, silver and gold.  The circles are presented in sequence - first year Explorers, regardless of their age, obtaining the bronze star and so on. For example, if a girl joins GB at age 5, she will work towards her bronze star. In the same way, if a girl joins GB at age 7, she too will work towards her bronze star. The programme is designed to encourage participation and each girl should be involved to the level of her ability. 

For full details of this award, see the Explorer Programme File which can be downloaded from the Leaders Section under Resources/Programme Files. It is currently not available to order as a hard copy.

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