A young Girl Guide from Bishopbriggs celebrated achieving Girlguiding’s highest award at an event in Westminster earlier this month.
Rebecca MacLennan (24) joined the celebration at the House of Commons where she was given the Award by Chief Guide Gill Slocombe, Girlguiding’s most senior volunteer and figurehead for its half a million members across the UK.
Rebecca took four years to complete the tough Queen’s Guide Award, a personal collection of challenges which must be completed before a young woman turns 26.
Fewer than 200 Girlguiding members complete the Award every year.
Rebecca, who is a Programme Manager with the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs, selected personal challenges in fields including volunteering, social action, developing new skills and travelling to a new place.
Rebecca’s personal challenges included chairing Polaris, the Scottish Senior Section Forum.
She also set up the first senior section in East Dunbartonshire for girls ages 14-25, organised a County Baden Powell Award Adventure, and delivered more than 20 education sessions for Brownies and Guides.
While working towards her Level 2 Walking Scheme, Rebecca hiked in Scotland, the French Pyrenees and the Italian Dolomites.
Rebecca has gone on to become a Girlguiding Trainer, a Queen’s Guide Award Adviser and Leader of the 7th Bishopbriggs Guides.
The Queen’s Guide Award is the highest Award achievable in Girlguiding. It revolves around members setting their own challenges at their own pace and helps young women get skills for life and work.
Rebecca said: “The Queen’s Guide Award Challenge I am most proud of is sitting on Girlguiding Scotland’s Executive Committee for two years and representing young members.
“I am proud to have tripled the numbers of members attending events and to have contributed to decisions about Girlguiding Scotland’s policies and programmes by consulting with other members.
“It was a challenging role but I gained a lot of confidence.”
Girlguiding’s Chief Guide Gill Slocombe said: “It’s been fantastic to meet the Queen’s Guides here today.
“I’m proud of these inspirational young women who have achieved the Queen’s Guide Award by setting themselves incredible challenges and taking positive action in their communities.
“They are our next inspiring female role models who have proved they are a force for good.”
For more information about Girlguiding Scotland visit www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk.