Lilly gains high­est Girl Guiding award

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

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.

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