Last Wednesday evening (11 Oct) Lady Corder hosted a reception in honour of 18 local Guides, who received their Baden-Powell Awards. Lady Corder presented the awards at Government House, as Patron of Girlguiding Guernsey, in the company of local Guide Leaders and the girls' families.
The Baden-Powell Challenge is the highest award available to Guides - Girlguiding's section for girls aged between 10 and 14. It generally takes 12-18 months to complete and includes 10 tasks, which challenge the girls to try new activities and so develop new skills.
The challenge is divided into five sections: healthy lifestyles, discovery, skills and relationships, celebrating diversity and global awareness. The range of activities undertaken by the girls include organising an international evening, running a sports or cooking competition, going on a residential trip somewhere new, learning about fair trade and first aid and doing something to help the environment.
To complete the award, Guides take part in a residential adventure weekend in the UK during which they face various set challenges, trying new things and pushing themselves outside their comfort zone.
Bailiwick Commissioner Sally Carmichael said "we are delighted that Lady Corder agreed to present the Guides with their Baden Powell awards. The girls have all worked really hard to achieve the award, including many hours at home, and so we are really pleased that their achievements will be recognised in this way" Lady Corder said that she was a Girl Guide when she grew up in Norwich although she thought that Guides today have much more fun than she did. She also remarked that it was 'outstanding' for the Island's Girlguiding organisation to bring so many through to achieving this prestigious award.