Emily earns Queen’s Guide
Emily Oldham, 17, from Ka¯ piti Rangers, has been awarded her Queen’s Guide award.
To complete the award, which took four years, she had to complete 12 interest certificates, at least 40 hours community service, a certificate in advocacy, camping and leadership certificates, a special activity of her choice, attend a Queen’s Guide retreat weekend and a leadership qualification.
“Emily has worked very hard on this and has been a self starter in getting it completed,” Ranger leader Carri Baum said.
“She has shown great determination and perseverance to get this welldeserved award.”
“My highlights were my special activity, Mountain to Sea Discovery, which included a three day tramp around Mt Taranaki, because it was an amazing experience and put me out of my comfort zone, and the Queen’s Guide retreat, a weekend leadership course for prospective Queen’s Guides, because I met some awesome people and made friendships and memories,” she said.
“The most challenging was the leadership certificate, working as a leader in a brownie unit for at least two terms and taking an active role in planning and running the programme. It involved the most time and it made me realise what all leaders do for us to help us along the way in our journey. That has made me extremely thankful for all my past and present leaders.
“Camps are always the best things to do on sunny or wet weekends with the highlight always being the campfire gossip session.
“I am very happy that I have received this award as I have looked up to people who have gained theirs.
“I am looking forward to my next challenge.”
Emily Oldham, centre, with her former Pippin leader Christine Bull, left, and her Ranger leader Carri Baum.