Highest Guiding honours
Two local girls have achieved one of the highest honours in the Guiding world, receiving the prestigious Queen’s Guide award at Government House in Wellington recently.
Paris Woods and Hanamarie Benseman, both 17, completed service, advocacy and leadership projects for the award, as well as a range of of interest certificates.
The award’s syllabus is split into the areas of service in guiding, personal skill development, community action, outdoor challenge and a residential experience.
The syllabus must be completed within three years, with an emphasis on self challenge.
The pair have been involved with guiding since they were five, starting with Pippins, then Brownies and Guides and finally Rangers.
Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy presented the girls with their award at a ceremony.
Spokesperson Fay Armstrong said Rangers, which includes girls aged 12 to 17, meet in Levin on Mondays, with Pippins, aged five to seven years, Brownies, aged seven to nine years and Guides, aged nine to 12 years all meeting on Wednesdays.
She said all girls are welcome at the groups, and could contact her on 027 2097949 for further information.
Paris Woods (left) and Hanamarie Benseman have received the Queen’s Guide Award.