Lauren, 18, is working on her leadership qualification to become a leader with the 295th Glasgow Guide Unit. She’s also a member of The Senior Section in Girlguiding Glasgow’s Croftfoot.
Her leadership qualification is part of working towards her prestigious Queen’s Guide qualification, the pinnacle of achievement for girls in The Senior Section. Each participant must complete a variety of challenges within three years.
But it’s not all hard work and no play!
“For the exploratory element, me and my friends organised a Guide camp around the theme of ‘Big Fat Gypsy Dragon Den Wedding’.
“The Guides had to make dresses out of newspaper and toilet rolls and pitch their wedding ideas to us.
“We wore suits like the dragons to listen to their presentations – the winning group was some older Guides who were so funny.
“We also went to London earlier this year as part of the award, and visited all the locations on the Monopoly Board which took ages!
“While we were there, we got to be part of the service team for the Queen’s Garden Party which involved tasks like opening car doors for guests.
“I also got to meet the Queen, she was so cute!”
“Another project I took on as part of my Queens Guide was project managing a Glasgow-based wide game for hundreds of Girlguiding Scotland members, which we called ‘Wee-G-Opoly’.
“I was a bit scared at first because The Senior Section team I was working with are all really good friends, so I didn’t want to tell them what to do or boss them around!
“But in the end, we all worked so well together.
“The first milestone was presenting our ideas to senior volunteers, but the team really delivered.
“And on the day, it all ran really smoothly especially due to the work of the operations team who did brilliantly.
“I was daunted by the massive spreadsheet they had to work with!”
Skills for life
“I learnt that I am a lot more patient than I thought I could be, and surprised myself with how organised I actually am!
“I learnt time management and built lots of skills to go forward with, because I am going to university to study event management.
“Doing Wee-G helped me with my decision to change university course as I was studying International Business and languages but it wasn’t for me.”
It’s been a rollercoaster ride – but Lauren wouldn’t miss it for the world.
“My time is up soon so it’s a mad rush to get everything finished up – but I think I’ll miss it when I’m done!”