Award confirms Guiding is for teen
Achieving her Queen’s Guide Award confirmed to Matamata Ranger, Alice Craig, that Guiding is for her.
‘‘Having the award presented to me at the Government House in Auckland by the Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and having all the heads of Guiding there and hearing their inspirational speeches confirmed how much I want to be a Guide,’’ the 18-yearold said.
She gained the highest award for a Ranger on October 22 after four and a half years of hard work.
She had to complete 12 certificates in areas such as leisure, outdoor activities, technology, service and faith.
For her special act, Craig put on a princess-themed event for the Cambridge Pippins where they made princess crowns and were involved in fairy based activities.
To gain her leadership badge, Craig was a leader for the Matamata Pippins.
For her Queen’s Guide residential she met up with other Rangers for a weekend where they worked on their leadership and team- work skills.
She also had to complete 40 hours of service. Craig completed 20 hours of that working with the Pahiatua Cub Scout group. She had completed the rest of the hours in previous years.
Craig has been involved in Guides since she was 5, when she started attending a Pippins group in Pahiatua.
Going to a jamboree in England recently has also helped Craig decide she will have a gap year next year after finishing at Matamata College before heading to England again to volunteer with Guides.
RECOGNISED RANGER: From left, Rangers district coordinator for Te Tapui, Jeanette Hobern, Queens Guide certificate holder Alice Craig and her Ranger leader Linda Sinclair.