Baden Powell award for Guides

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Three members of the 1st Chatteris Guides have received the highest accolade for Guides – the Baden-Powell Challenge Award.

Charlie Ayers (15), Danielle Harlock (15) and Chloe Watson (14) all from Chatteris, received the award from their leader aboard a narrow boat during an evening out on the river.

They completed a range of activities, including organising a sponsored event, completing badges such as independent living and world traveller and working towards personal fitness goals.

Charlie said: “I am really pleased to have completed my Baden-Powell Award, it took a lot of work but gave me the chance to do some new things. I got to run evenings for my Guide unit and will use this experience at the Brownie unit I’m about to start helping with.”

The unit’s leader, Avril Squire, said: “I’m very proud of the girls for completing their Baden-Powell Award. “It’s something that they have to organise and focus themselves to achieve.”

Guides must complete ten challenges in different categories – which include healthy lifestyles, global awareness and celebrating diversity – as well as the Baden-Powell Adventure Challenge residential camp.

All three have now moved up to a newly-opened Senior Section Unit for young women aged 14-26. The unit currently has seven members and one leader and is already working on two different challenge badges and is looking forward to linking up with other groups in the county.

They took to the water recently on the ‘March Adventurer’ narrow boat which gave them the opportunity to try something different.

Chloe said: “I really enjoyed it, especially driving the boat and would love to go again.”