Completing the Queen’s Guide Award has been a brilliant adventure

Sarah Farquhar, an Assistant Brownie and Senior Section Leader with Girlguiding East Renfewshire, has penned an article for The Scotsman about completing her Queen’s Guide Award.

Sarah is one of less than 200 Girlguiding members from across the UK who complete the tough Queen’s Guide Award – the highest award a young member can get through guiding – each year.

Sarah writes: “I’m the kind of person who loves to see just how far I can push myself – so it came as no surprise to my friends and family when I announced I had decided to aim for my Queen’s Guide Award.

“But it was definitely worth doing. Not only did I get to go down to London to receive my award at the UK Parliament – and meet inspiring action-adventurer Sally Kettle – but it’s opened up so many doors and led me to lots of exciting opportunities. I’ve since gone on to be an assistant leader on an international trip to Luxembourg and travelled to Cambodia with guiding.”

As part of her award Sarah raised money for charity, developed a new disability resource pack, learned to play the bass guitar and attended a Girlguiding youth forum in Cardiff.

She continues: “As part of this I researched and wrote a new disability resource pack to help Leaders work on the Brownie Disability awareness badge with their girls. The feedback I got from Leaders was that the resource was very helpful and the girls really enjoyed the activities, which was great to hear.

“On the practical side I raised money for the charity Caudwell Children – which provides support services, equipment and treatment for disabled children and their families – by spending the day in Edinburgh in a onesie and getting as many photographs as possible with tourists. Certainly not your average day out, but great to do it for a good cause!”

“Completing the Queen’s Guide Award has been a brilliant adventure. It’s helped me to truly understand the value of good communication, improve my organisational skills and reach out of my comfort zone to connect with new people. If you’re in guiding or thinking of signing up and you get the chance to aim for your Queen’s Guide Award – go for it!”

Read the full article on The Scotsman’s website.