Queen’s Guide Award

The Queen’s Guide award is a challenging programme packed full of fun outdoor adventures and community action. It’s the highest award you can work towards in Girlguiding and gives you the chance to develop your skills while supporting your local community.

This is open to members aged 16-30 and must be completed within three years from the start date or before your 31st birthday, whichever is sooner.


This is not just a great achievement to share with other members, potential employers, universities and colleges will also be impressed with your accomplishment. It will show them that you’ve challenged yourself and achieved significant goals across a range of different disciplines.

The programme can also be matched with activities you’re already doing as a member, meaning you can get more than one award for the challenges you’re taking on.

The award is based on challenging yourself and participation and is split into five sections:

  • Personal development challenge: Develop a skill in or outside of Girlguiding to enhance your personal growth. This could be anything from ballet to circus skills, gardening to playing a musical instrument. And you’ll get to share your skill with others in guiding too!
  • Guiding challenge: Take an active part in guiding at different levels. Make a difference in guiding by doing 4 projects focused on girls, volunteers, growth and retention, and inclusion.
  • Community action challenge: This is your chance to increase your knowledge of an important issue through research and practical activities, then share what you learn with other Girlguiding members.
  • Lead the way challenge: Take on a leadership role in an outdoor environment and try something new and adventurous! You have 3 options to choose from: residential, outdoor activity or expedition/exploration.
  • Social experience challenge: Challenge yourself in a new setting and focus on building new relationships. Experience something you’ve never done before and develop your interpersonal skills by going on a residential or attending an event.

If you’re working towards your Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) you could do one residential to count towards both awards – you just need to make sure it’s long enough! Check with both your Queen’s Guide award coordinator and DofE adviser to make sure they are happy with your plans.

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