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 16-25 and must be completed within three years from the start date or before your 26th birthday, whichever is sooner.
Why should I get involved?
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:
- Service in guiding – take an active role in Girlguiding at a range of levels.
- Outdoor challenge – build your teamwork and leadership skills in a glorious outdoor setting. Where you go and what you do is up to you!
- Personal skill development – start a new skill and develop it, or take an existing skill to a new level for a minimum of 60 hours over 12 months. A personal skill could be anything from ballet to playing a musical instrument.
- Community action – get more involved with the world around you and gain a greater understanding of it through practical and research projects of your choice.
- Residential – spend two nights and three days away from home with new people.
Don’t forget – if you are 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 you are fulfilling the requirements of both awards.
Find out more about getting started here – good luck!