Two volunteers who completed their Queen’s Guide Award in Girlguiding Cambridgeshire East visited the Houses of Parliament recently for their presentation. Rosalyn Old and Ellen Tack were thrilled to receive their award from Sally Illsley, Deputy Chief Guide. The presentations took place in the Members’ Dining Room at the House of Commons. During the event they heard other participants speak about their experiences during the award. Rosalyn said “I left the presentation feeling incredibly inspired for the future!”
The Queen’s Guide Award is the highest award that young women can work towards in guiding. It gives them the opportunity to develop skills, as well as to contribute to guiding and their local community.
Rosalyn had started by organising a District Challenge Day for local young members of guiding and then she was a member of the national board of Girlguiding. And she also represented the UK at the WAGGGS Helen Storrow Seminar in Switzerland. For the final clause, she investigated ways to encourage university students to volunteer with Girlguiding.
Ellen volunteered as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics. She was fortunate to see, and occasionally meet, some of the top athletes competing there. She challenged herself to learn British Sign Language, gaining the Level 1 Award in BSL. Ellen also completed the Girlguiding Senior Section Permit qualification. This enables her to take Guides and members of the Senior Section away on residential events.
Rosalyn said “It may seem like there’s a lot to do for the Queen’s Guide Award, but I guarantee that you will have so much fun along the way and gain skills for life. I’d recommend it to anyone who’s interested in a challenge!”