A great opportunity to try new things

Girlguide members who received awards during the evening
Girlguide members who received awards during the evening
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Jacqui Dixon, county commissioner for Girlguiding Hampshire East, talks about the county’s presentation evening

On October 19, 61 young members of Girlguiding Hampshire East, along with their guests, attended the county’s presentation evening.

I presented all the awards at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel.

The first four awards were for guides aged 10-14, who had gained their patrol camp permits.

For this the girls have to plan and organise a weekend away camping with their own patrol.

I then presented 56 girls with their Baden Powell Challenge Award.

This is the highest award that girls in the guide section can gain.

The award consists of 10 challenges based around healthy lifestyles, global awareness, skills and relationships and celebrating diversity.

While working for this award the girls attend a challenge weekend to give them an opportunity to do things they have never tried and make friends with girls they do not know.

The final award was to Frances Stephens who had completed her Queens Guide Award. This is the highest award that can be gained by a member under 26.

Frances spoke about what she had done to gain this award.

She said: ‘First of all I would like to say thank you to all the people who have helped and supported me to achieve this.

‘Undertaking this award has given me the opportunity to meet new people from all over the country and try new skills.

‘There are five parts to the Queens Guide – service, personal skills, residential experience, exploration/expedition, and community action.

‘For my service I helped out with a brownie unit in London, took on the running of a student scout and guide club, as well as running a weekend camp for 200 student scouts and guides. 

‘The community action was probably the most challenging part to complete. My chosen topic was women in engineering.

‘I ran an engineering day for a group of girls and looked at different ways to encourage more women into engineering. 

‘I would like to say good luck to all those who have yet to complete their Baden Powell award and congratulations to all those who have completed it.’

Frances will attend a celebration in London with the chief guide later this year.

For more information about Girlguiding and how to get involved, go to girlguiding.org.uk.