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Our Queen’s Guide Award Experience

On Saturday 10 June, Lara Sullivan and Amy Fraser joined Girlguiding members from around the Country to be presented with their Queen's Guide Award, the highest award in guiding. As they reached the end of their incredible journey, they explain what they did to achieve the award.

We attended Region / National Forum Weekends

To complete the service in guiding element, Amy attended the North West England’s Forward Focus residential designed to be led by Senior Section members for Senior Section members; an exciting opportunity for our Young Adults to make their voices heard. During the weekend, Amy contributed ideas and shared her opinion on the current and future work of the North West Region.

Lara attended Girlguiding’s Youth Forum, Innovate which was held in Cardiff.  At the event, she got to meet other Senior Section Members from around the Country, have lots of fun and voice her opinions during tailored workshops.

I helped to restore the fencing around Sale Waterpark

As part of her community action, Lara volunteered with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) on various projects including the fence restoration at Sale Waterpark. She said, “This was my proudest achievement. It was so rewarding to see how my volunteering with the TCV has benefited the local area and finishing the report was also very exciting. A whole year of hard work has been written up into a report that I am very proud of!”

I leant how to drive!

Amy’s proudest achievement was completing her personal skill where she passed her driving test. Amy said, “Having failed the first time, passing my driving test was a massive achievement. It has helped me gain promotion at work as well as allowing me to set up my own mobile pottery painting business.”

I sailed to France and Belgium on a 15m Ketch

With The Scout Association, Lara completed her residential experience as a crew member on ‘Ocean Scout’. She didn’t mind being the only girl on the boat and learnt how to steer, sort the sails, prepare food and most importantly, clean the boat! Lara said, “I enjoyed the outdoor elements the most as they let me be more adventurous and I got to see myself in situations I found more difficult which has definitely improved my confidence and I’m now more likely to do these things again!”

I created a ‘Residential in a Box’ resource

With the help of her best friends, Amy organised an outdoor trip to York and created a ‘Residential in a Box’ resource for leaders wishing to complete their holiday licence containing contact details and reviews of activities to plan and execute their own weekend away with their unit. Amy said, “I really enjoyed this challenge because I ultimately got to step into the shoes of a Brownie/Guide and create a residential break full of treasure trails and activities that they would enjoy! Trying this out with my best friends was great and we had a fantastic, fun filled, action packed week away.”

Do your Queen’s Guide Award

If you’re interested in completing your Queen’s Guide Award, find out more here!

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