Lilly gains highest Girl Guiding award
Lilly Craig is following a tradition from among the women in her family.
With only a few weeks of her Girl Guiding remaining, the 17 year old has received the highest badge a NZ Girl Guide member can achieve, following in the footsteps of other family members.
The Queen’s Guide Award takes three to four years to complete and demands a particularly high standard of performance in both effort and achievement.
Guiding is important in her family. Older sister Alice received her’s in 2014 and also her mother Katey was a recipient. Younger sister Louise aims to receive her’s next year.
The Matamata resident joined Cambridge Rangers in 2013. She started as a Pippin in 2004 in Pahiatua, working her way through Brownies, Guides and into the Rangers, where her Girl Guide journey will end, unless she chooses to go into leadership.
Katey has been involved with Girl Guiding for many years. She was Lilly’s Pippin and Guide leader and is currently a Matamata Guide leader. She is thrilled to see all her girls follow Guiding and to witness Lilly gain the special award.
‘‘I have seen her grow into a confident young girl, guiding has
‘‘Guiding has helped her gain the confidence to step outside of her normal realms.’’
helped her gain the confidence to step outside of her normal realms.’’
Lilly’s guiding journey has seen her complete a variety of activities, gaining badges and certificates along the way.
In addition, Lilly also completed the advocacy certificate, over 40 hours of community action, her leadership certificate while working in the Matamata Pippin unit, and a defensive driving course for her special activity.
‘‘I have loved the learning side of guiding, and all the friends I have made,’’ she says.
Lilly received her award from Cambridge Ranger Leader, Hayley Thomas in a formal ceremony. She will also join other Queen’s Medal recipients from around the country in a special ceremony in Christchurch where she will be presented a certificate from Governor General, Dame Patsy Reddy.
Hayley says she is very proud of the hard work Lilly has put in to this award and recognises all those in the community who supported her.
Lilly completes school at the end of 2016 and is headed to Lincoln University. She says she is feeling a bit sad to leave guiding behind, but could possibly move into leadership at some stage.