Golden Guides jump for joy

Three Middleton Guides are celebrating having achieved the highest, Gold Award, despite lockdown.

Iona Clayton, Lily Scott and Eleasha Griffiths had to complete a minimum of 8 individual badges, 8 patrol badges and over 2,000 minutes of unit challenge time.

This included challenges across the 6 new themes which are Know Myself, Express Myself, Be Well, Have Adventures, Take Action and Skills For My Future. Specific recent challenges included first aid, DIY and lots of outdoor challenges.

Eleasha said:

“Guides has helped me overcome my anxiety to meet new people. And I am proud of my achievement although it means I’m growing up and I don’t like that very much.”

Iona commented:

“On my Guides journey I’ve made many friends and done many challenges with them. On camps we’ve challenged ourselves and by doing so I have become more confident. I’ve done things I couldn’t have done without my friends and leaders.

“My achievements in Guides have given me life long skills and I hope to carry on my girl guiding journey in Rangers.”

Lily said:

“I was always worried about what people think about me, Guides let’s me be who I want to be without having to worry about being perfect. I can be myself, learn new skills and have lots of fun with amazing people.”

Having spent the lockdown holding meetings online, the group are currently meeting outside at the bandstand in Middleton Park each Friday.

Leader Helen Woods said:

“I’m really proud that under the difficult circumstances they have achieved this Gold Award. Well done girls.”

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Photo L-R: Iona Clayton, Lily Scott & Eleasha Griffiths celebrate their Gold Awards