F, you're my hero! I was talking to someone about my own guiding years the other day and the ceremony that surrounded being sworn in. I can still recite the pledge and whatnot, but I couldn't remember the Guide Law. It's been frustrating me for weeks!
I actually have about 5 camping badges, because in my small country town, there wasn't much else we could do.
I was turfed out of the Girl Guides when I was eleven.
I was a Brownie for a brief period, and I've always associated brownie points with the doing of good deeds generally. It went with the Brownie Guide law: A Brownie Guide thinks of others before herself and does a good turn every day. (Not to mention the motto: Lend a hand.)
The badges were another matter and very much skills based, so you might earn a badge for demonstrating an active skill such as map reading, or a creative skill such as dancing, or a domestic skill such as knowing how to wash and dry cutlery correctly (I jest not, and this may explain the "brief period" of my membership).
That's my guess too, yarb. But it always makes me think of brownies, as in the delightful baked product. (mmm... brownies...) I prefer thinking that my hours and hours of serving others will result in—instead of some embroidered cloth patch that would be ironed onto some dumb sash—delicious chocolaty goodness.
Doesn't it have something to do with the Brownies, as in junior Girl Guides, getting points for doing good deeds? In order to earn their badges of merit, I think. Only saying this as brother of a former Brownie, so ...