Trio’s top Guiding honour

Kirsty Bailey, Lorna Thurgood, Megan Warren-Davis
Kirsty Bailey, Lorna Thurgood, Megan Warren-Davis

Three Guides from Walberton have been awarded their Baden-Powell Challenge award by District Commissioner Sue Callander.

Kirsty Bailey, Lorna Thurgood and Megan Warren-Davis, all aged 14, are the first Guides from the unit to achieve the top award for more than 10 years.

The Baden-Powell Challenge Award is the highest award a Guide can achieve.

The Guides had to complete ten clauses selected from five different ‘zones’, including organising a multi-cultural evening for other Guides in the unit, researching Fairtrade products and holding a party for Barnham Brownies.

To finish the award Guides had to take part in a Baden-Powell Adventure. For Lorna this was the highlight of the journey and involved a sleepover at Arundel Castle. The girls were privileged to see areas of the castle not normally accessible to the public.

Kirsty found her fitness dairies one of the biggest challenges because it was something extra to plan into each day but revealed it did improve her stamina. Kirsty said that cycling to school on cold mornings was a big commitment.

Megan recalls her best Guiding moment to be a sleepover on HMS Belfast on the River Thames in London. She has also enjoyed helping people and representing the Guide unit as part of the colour party during Remembrance Sunday services.

Guiding celebrated its centenary anniversary in 2010 which the three girls were able to take part in.

Walberton Guides took part in a camping trip to Brownsea Island giving the chance to participate in kayaking, low ropes course and archery. In celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee the unit put on an entertainment show of music and dance from 1950 to the present day for family and friends.

Walberton Guider, Sarah Burford, says that “Guiding as a hobby has to compete with many other interests and activities and many girls find it difficult to continue after their 12th birthday due to the pressures of school work. Kirsty, Lorna and Megan have shown real commitment to achieving their goal and have motivated each other along the way. “

Pictured left to right: Kirsty Bailey, Lorna Thurgood, Megan Warren-Davis