Four members of the 1stBrabourne& Smeeth Girl Guides have received the Baden Powell Award simultaneously – a record for the unit in one year.
But the achievements by the four – Florence Homewood, Katie Reeves, Millie Smythe and Freya Burgess (all aged 14) – might not stand for long as three other girls from the same group last year also earned the award, which is the highest at Girl Guide level (aged 10-14), though girls in the Senior Section (14-18) can earn Guiding’s highest accolade, Queen’s Guide.
Guide Leader Julia Adams said: “Having four girls receive the Baden Powell Award is impressive, but as they were inspired by last year’s trio, we wonder how many will come forward now to earn an award next year!
“It really is becoming a powerful motivator for our girls…and their parents, who then tend to say to their daughter ‘well, why don’t you go in for that too?’I believe we may also be setting some records as a unit in winning this many Baden Powell Awards.”
Applicants are required to take at least 10 challenges under five headings – Healthy Lifestyles, Global Awareness, Discovery, Skills and Awareness and Celebrating Diversity – regarded as a tough undertaking in one year.
A point highlighted by 1stBrabourne Scout & Guide Group Vice-Chairman Graham Lilley, when he made the award presentations at the Group’s headquarters in Smeeth:
“I am delighted and honoured to present these prestigious awards to you. I’m sure it has not been easy – you have needed to push the boundaries – but you have done it and deserve the award and the congratulations of your fellow guides, parents and grandparents.”
He also used the moment to publicise the continued need for leaders across the whole Guiding and Scouting movements: “You are amongst 555,000 UK Guides, supported by 100,000 volunteers but we always need more please – all you parents and other relatives.”
The awards were made at the end of the usual weekly Guides’ meeting, where the girls also witnessed and joined in with a ‘Streetwise’ demonstration of awareness, safety and simple self-defence for young people.
For further information please contact Guide Leader Julia Adams 07910 363176