Award con­firms Guid­ing is for teen

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

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.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

RECOG­NISED RANGER: From left, Rangers dis­trict co­or­di­na­tor for Te Ta­pui, Jeanette Hobern, Queens Guide cer­tifi­cate holder Alice Craig and her Ranger leader Linda Sinclair.

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