Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses

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1918 POR - House Orderly - Red-Service For Others


Be able to clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg.

Peel potatoes, and boil them, and know how to cook greens.

Clean a pair of boots.

Make a bed, wash up crockery, utensils, etc.

Clean windows, knives and brasswork.

1919 POR - House Orderly Badge


Be able to clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg.

Peel potatoes, and boil them, and know how to cook greens.

Clean a pair of boots.

Make a bed, wash up crockery, utensils, etc.

Clean windows, knives and brasswork.

1920 Guide Handbook - House Orderly


Light the fire, cook vegetables, make beds, clean up, etc.

1921 POR - House Orderly


Be able to clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg.

Peel potatoes and boil them, and know how to cook greens.

Clean a pair of boots.

Make a bed; wash up crockery, utensils, etc.

Clean windows, knives and brasswork.

1924 POR - House Orderly


Be able to clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg.

Peel potatoes and boil them, and know how to cook greens.

Clean a pair of boots.

Make a bed; wash up crockery, utensils, etc.

Clean windows, knives and brasswork.


1930 POR - House Orderly Badge


Be able to clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg.

Peel potatoes and boil them, and know how to cook greens.

Wash a pair of socks.

Make a bed; wash up crockery utensils, etc.

Clean windows, shoes and brasswork.

1931 POR - House Orderly Badge


Be able to clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg.

Peel potatoes and boil them, and know how to cook greens.

Wash a pair of socks.

Make a bed; wash up crockery utensils, etc.

Clean windows, shoes and brasswork.

1932 POR - House Orderly


Be able to clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg.

Peel potatoes and boil them, and know how to cook greens.

Wash a pair of socks.

Make a bed; wash up crockery utensils, etc.

Clean windows, shoes and brasswork.

1935 POR - House Orderly


Be able to clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg and fry a slice of bacon.

Peel potatoes and boil them, and know how to cook greens.

Wash a pair of socks.

Make a bed; wash up crockery utensils, etc.

Clean windows, forks and spoons and brasswork.

1938 POR - House Orderly


Be able to clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg and fry a slice of bacon.

Peel potatoes and boil them, and know how to cook greens.

Wash a pair of socks.

Make a bed; wash up crockery utensils, etc., used in the test.

Clean windows, forks and spoons and brasswork.

1939 POR - House Orderly Badge


1) Clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

2) Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg and fry a slice of bacon.

3) Peel potatoes and boil them, and know how to cook greens.

4) Wash a pair of socks.

5) Make a bed; wash up crockery, utensils, etc., used in the test.

6) Clean windows, forks and spoons and brasswork.

1943 POR - House Orderly Badge


1) Clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

2) Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg and fry a slice of bacon.

3) Peel potatoes and boil them, and cook greens.

4) Wash a pair of socks.

5) Make a bed; wash up crockery, utensils etc., used in the test.

6) Clean windows, forks and spoons, and brasswork.

1947 POR - House Orderly Badge


1) Clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

2) Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg and fry a slice of bacon.

3) Peel potatoes and boil them, and cook greens.

4) Wash a pair of socks.

5) Make a bed; wash up crockery, utensils, etc., used in the test.

6) Clean windows, forks and spoons and brasswork.

1950 POR - House Orderly Badge


1) Clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

2) Make a good cup of tea, and fry or poach an egg and fry a slice of bacon.

3) Peel potatoes and boil them, and cook greens.

4) Wash a pair of socks.

5) Make a bed; wash up crockery, utensils, etc., used in the test.

6) Clean windows, forks and spoons and brasswork.

1953 POR - House Orderly Badge


1) Clean a grate, lay a fire and light it with not more than two matches.

2) Make a good cup of tea, and fry a piece of bread with one of the following: bacon, egg, sausage etc.

3) Peel potatoes and boil them, and cook greens.

4) Wash a pair of socks.

5) Make a bed; wash up crockery, utensils, etc., used in the test.

6) Clean windows, forks and spoons and brasswork.

1957 POR - House Orderly Badge


1) Clean a fireplace; lay and light a fire using not more than two matches.

2) Tidy a room.

3) Wash a pair of socks.

4) Make a bed.

5) Clean windows, brasswork, forks and spoons.

1960 POR - House Orderly Badge


1) Clean a fireplace; lay and light a fire using not more than two matches.

2) Tidy a room.

3) Wash a pair of socks.

4) Make a bed.

5) Clean windows, brasswork, forks and spoons.

1961 (July) POR - House Orderly Badge

1) Clean a fireplace; lay and light a fire using not more than two matches.  If local conditions make this impossible, the following may be substituted: clean a bath.
2) Tidy a room.
3) Wash a pair of socks.
4) Make a bed.
5) Clean windows, brasswork, forks and spoons.
1964 (March) POR - House Orderly Badge

1) Clean a fireplace; lay and light a fire using not more than two matches.  If local conditions make this impossible, the following may be substituted: clean a bath.
2) Tidy a room.
3) Wash a pair of socks.
4) Make a bed.
5) Clean windows, brasswork, forks and spoons.

1965 (July) POR - House Orderly Badge


1) Clean a fireplace; lay and light a fire using not more than two matches.  If local conditions make this impossible, the following may be substituted: clean a cupboard, including washing the shelves.

2) Sweep and dust a room.

3) Wash a pair of socks.

4) Make a bed.

5) Wash up dinner dishes, including cooking utensils.

6) Clean brass, copper, or silverware.

1966 Brownie Proficiency Badge Leaflet - House Orderly

1) Clean a fireplace; lay and light a fire using not more than two matches.  If local conditions make this impossible, the following may be substituted; clean a cupboard, including washing the shelves.
2) Sweep and dust a room.
3) Wash a pair of socks.
4) Make a bed.
5) Wash up dinner dishes, including cooking utensils.
6) Clean brass, copper, or silver ware.

1973 Brownie Handbook - House Orderly Badge


Help at home in the following ways and be ready to show or tell the tester what you have done or can do.

1) Do one of the following:

a) Clean a fireplace and lay and light a fire.

b) Clean a cupboard, washing the shelves.

2) Clean your bedroom.

3) Wash your socks.

4) Make your own bed for a week.

5) Wash up the dinner dishes and the cooking utensils.

6) Do one of the following:

a) Use a vacuum cleaner.

b) Clean brass or copper or silver.

c) Clean a bath or basin.

The tester will ask you to do at least two of these things at the test.

1980 Brownie Handbook - House Orderly Badge


Help at home in the following ways and be ready to show or tell the tester what you have done or can do.

The tester will ask you to do two things at the test.

1) Clean two of the following: Window; basin; cupboard; brass; silver.

2) Tidy and dust your bedroom.

3) Wash your socks.

4) Make your own bed for a week.

5) Lay the table for dinner and wash up the dishes and cooking utensils.

6) Be able to do one of the following:

a) use a vacuum cleaner

b) defrost a refrigerator

c) use a washing machine

d) use an electric iron.

1983 Brownie Handbook - House Orderly Badge

Help at home in the following ways and be ready to show or tell the tester what you have done or can do.
The tester will ask you to do two things at the test.
1) Clean two of the following: Window; basin; cupboard; brass or silver.
2) Tidy and dust your bedroom.
3) Wash your socks.
4) Make your own bed for a week.
5) Lay the table for a midday or evening meal and wash up the dishes and cooking utensils.
6) Be able to do one of the following:
a) use a vacuum cleaner.
b) defrost a refrigerator
c) use a washing-up machine.
d) use a washing machine.
e) use an electric iron.
If you do d) or e) you must show that you know the meanings of the symbols on the clothes' labels.

1987 Brownie Badge Book - House Orderly Badge


Help at home in the following ways and be ready to show or tell the tester what you have done or can do.  The tester will ask you to do two things at the test. 

1) Clean two of the following: Window, basin, cupboard, brass or silver.

2) Tidy and dust your bedroom.

3) Wash your socks.

4) Make your own bed for a week.

5) Lay the table for midday or evening meal and wash up the dishes and cooking utensils.

6) Be able to do one of the following:

a) Use a vacuum cleaner.

b) Defrost a refrigeration.

c) Use a washing-up machine.

d) Use a washing machine.

e) Use an electric iron.  If you do d) or e) you must show that you know the meanings of the symbols on the clothes' labels.

1989 Brownie Badge Book - House Orderly Badge

Help at home in the following ways and be ready to show or tell the tester what you have done or can do.  The tester will ask you to do two things at the test.
1) Clean two of the following: Window, basin, cupboard, brass or silver.
2) Tidy and dust your bedroom.
3) Wash your socks.
4) Make your own bed for a week.
5) Lay the table for midday or evening meal and wash up the dishes and cooking utensils.
6) Be able to do one of the following:
a) Use a vacuum cleaner.
b) Defrost a refrigerator.
c) Use a washing-up machine.
d) Use a washing machine.
e) Use an electric iron..
If you do d) or e) you must show that you know the meanings of the symbols on the clothes' labels.

1991 Brownie Badge Book - House Orderly Badge


Help at home in the following ways and be ready to show or tell the tester what you have done or can do.  She will ask you to do two of these things at the test.

1) Clean two of the following things:

a) a window

b) a wash hand basin

c) a cupboard

d) brass or silver

2) Tidy and dust your bedroom

3) Wash your socks.

4) Make your own bed for a week.

5) Lay the table for a midday or evening meal, and wash up the dishes and cooking utensils.

6) Be able to do one of the following:

a) use a vacuum cleaner

b) defrost a refrigerator

c) use a dishwasher

d) use a washing machine

e) use an iron.

If you choose either of the last two things, you must also know the meaning of the symbols on the clothes' labels.

1994 Brownie Guide Badge Book - House Orderly Badge


Help at home in the following ways and be ready to show or tell the tester what you have done or can do.  She will ask you to do two of these things at the test.

1) Clean two of the following things:

a) a window

b) a wash hand basin

c) a cupboard

d) brass or silver

2) Tidy and dust your bedroom.

3) Wash your socks.

4) Make your own bed for a week.

5) Lay the table for a midday or evening meal, and wash up the dishes and cooking utensils.

6) Be able to do one of the following:

a) use a vacuum cleaner

b) defrost a refrigerator

c) use a dishwasher

d) use a washing machine

e) use an iron

If you choose either of the last two things, you must also know the meaning of the symbols on the clothes' labels.

1995 Brownie Guide Badge Book - House Orderly Badge

Note: 
For this badge you should do all the clauses at your home and be ready to show or tell the tester what you have done or can do.  She or he will ask you to do two of the clauses at the test.
1) Clean two of the following:
* a window
* a wash/hand-basin
* a cupboard
* brass or silver
2) Tidy and dust your bedroom.
3) Hand wash a small item, for example, socks, necker, tea-towel or some other item.
4) Make your own bed every day for a week.
5) Lay the table for a midday or evening meal and wash up the dishes, cutlery and cooking utensils.
6) With adult supervision be able to do two of the following:
* use a vacuum cleaner
* clean a refrigerator (defrost if necessary)
* use a dishwasher
* use a food mixer
* use an electric kettle
* use a microwave oven
* use a washing machine
* use an iron.
If you choose either of the last two, you must also know the meaning of the symbols on the clothes' labels.
2009 Brownie Badge Book - Home Skills Badge

1) Clean two of the following:
* A window or mirror
* A basin or sink
* A cupboard or drawer
* A pair of shoes
* A car, inside and out.
2) Make your bed every day for a week.  Tidy, dust and vacuum your bedroom.
3) Do all of the following:
* Explain what clothes care symbols mean.
* Show how you wash, dry and iron clothes.
* Describe the shaped colour-coded buttons used by visually-impaired or blind people.
4) Lay a table for a main meal.  Wash up and clear away afterwards.
5) Make up a game or actively about recycling symbols on packaging.  Discuss with the tester how you can improve recycling in your home.
2013 Brownie Badge Book - Home Skills Badge

1) Clean two of the following.
* A window or mirror
* A basin or sink
* A cupboard or drawer
* A pair of shoes
* A car, inside or out.
2) Make your bed every day for a week.  Tidy, dust and vacuum your bedroom.
3) Do all of the following.
* Explain what clothes care symbols mean.
* Show how you wash, dry and iron clothes.
* Describe the shaped colour-coded buttons used by visually-impaired or blind people.
4) Lay a table for a main meal.  Wash up and clear away afterwards.
5) Make up a game or activity about recycling symbols on packaging.  Discuss with the tester how you can improve recycling in your home.
2016 Brownie Badge Book - Home Skills Badge

1) Clean two of the following.
* A window or mirror
* A basin or sink
* A cupboard or drawer
* A pair of shoes
* A car, inside or out.
2) Make your bed every day for a week.  Tidy, dust and vacuum your bedroom.
3) Do all of the following.
* Explain what clothes care symbols mean.
* Show how you wash, dry and iron clothes.
* Describe the electronic system of colour recognition used by blind or visually-impaired people.
4) Lay a table for a main meal.  Wash up and clear away afterwards.
5) Make up a game or activity about recycling symbols on packaging.  Discuss with the tester how you can improve recycling in your home.

2019 (July) Badge Finder - Home Skills Badge


1. Clean two of the following.

  • A window or mirror.
  • A basin or sink.
  • A cupboard or drawer.
  • A pair of shoes.
  • A car, inside or out.

2. Make your bed every day for a week. Tidy, dust and vacuum your bedroom.

3. Do all of the following.

  • Explain what clothes care symbols mean.
  • Show how you wash, dry and iron clothes.
  • Describe the shaped colour-coded buttons used by visually impaired or blind people.

4. Lay a table for a main meal. Wash up and clear away afterwards.

5. Make up a game or activity about recycling symbols on packaging. Discuss with the tester how you can improve recycling in your home.

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