Ciara Harrison and Drew Mason, both 14, are the first Guides from 14th Oldham Guides to be presented with the Baden Powell Challenge Award – the highest award a Guide can receive.

The presentation was made by Carrie Boyce, Shaw District Commissioner, at the Shaw District Thinking Day event. Since gaining the awards, both girls have progressed from Guides to work on their Young Leader qualification with different units.

Ciara and Drew both began in Girlguiding as Rainbows and have progressed through Brownies and Guides. To be able to work towards the Baden Powell Challenge Award, a Guide must have gained two challenge badges and at least two interest badges. The Baden Powell Challenge is made up of five zones which must be completed: Healthy Lifestyles, Global Awareness, Discovery, Skills and Relationships and Celebrating Diversity.

Upon receiving her award, Ciara said ‘I really enjoyed a water sports residential to France; I was able to use this to write a report for part of my challenge. I also really enjoyed taking part in the Baden Powell Challenge weekend.’

Drew was equally inspired by the challenge, stating ‘I definitely enjoyed the camp. It was a great way to meet new people and experience challenges with them. It was an amazing way to end my Baden Powell Challenge.’

The Baden Powell Challenge Weekend is for Guides who are approaching the end of their journey towards the award. This weekend camp brings Guides together from the Region and presents them with the opportunities to take part in new, fun activities and to complete the remaining clauses of their challenge.

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