Jase Dowsett, a member of the 2nd Sittingbourne Guides is celebrating after receiving the highest accolade for Guides – the Baden-Powell Challenge Award.
16 year old Jade who has been a guide since the age of eleven and earned all her badges was about to leave when she discovered the Baden Powell Award and made the decision to stay on for another year in order to complete the challenge.
The award involved completing a range of exciting activities, including playing life-size Monopoly around Canterbury while away on her adventure weekend and Co-ordinating and presenting a fashion show with her fellow Guides.
Jade said: “I’m really proud to have completed my Baden-Powell Challenge Award because it has taken more than 18 months of hard work to get it.
“As part of the award, I had to work with lots of new Guides which I found very daunting. Our unit was very small but has grown dramatically over the time it has taken me to complete the award. I was pretty nervous, but I took time to get to know each of the younger Guides and gain their respect, this has given me so much confidence and lots of new friends!”
The group’s Leader, Lesley Taylor said: “I’m very proud of Jade for completing her Baden-Powell Award. I was overwhelm with pride as I have never had the honour of presenting a BP award before”
“She has been truly dedicated to achieving this award, and I’m sure this is something she will look back on with pride for years to come.”
Jade received the award during a special presentation event on 23rd October 2015 at Kemsley Community Centre.
Asked what plans she had for the future, Jade said: “Well, after a holiday I am going to be starting my Leader Qualification so I can become a leader in the far future. As for the Queens guide, I have up until I'm twenty-five to complete it. So, if I don't start it this year I probably will next year.”
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