Amanda Aitken, from Duns, has shown she is leading the way after receiving Girlguiding UK’s top accolade, the coveted Queen’s Guide Award.
The award was presented to Amanda by Girlguiding UK’s Chief Guide Gill Slocombe – herself a Queen’s Guide – at a special ceremony held at Dalmeny House near Edinburgh.
More than 20 young women from around the UK joined Amanda in receiving their Queen’s Guide Award.
The award sees participants take the lead in a number exciting areas including developing a personal skill, working within pioneering community action projects, and overseeing ambitious outdoor pursuits.
Amanda, who is a Guide Leader and whose Queen’s Guide achievements included becoming an Innovate planning team member (a national forum for members aged 16-25 years old to discuss and contribute to the direction of Girlguiding UK) and a Cairngorms Expedition, said: “Since completing my Queen’s Guide Award I have become Senior Section Adviser in my County and love to try to enthuse other young girls in my County.
“When I was a Guide I was so shy, I wouldn’t even go to camp! Since being a Young Leader and now an Adult Leader, I have come out my shell and am ready for any challenge thrown at me!”
The Queen’s Guide Award is the most prestigious guiding award open to members between the ages of 16 and 25.
As well as the activities carried out by Amanda, other recipients experienced challenging and innovative programmes such as working with the homeless and raising money for national charities.
Chief Guide Gill Slocombe added: “Over the years the Queen’s Guide Award has given many young women an amazing sense of empowerment and confidence.
“I hope they will serve as an inspiration to many more young women all over the country who are thinking about getting involved in guiding.
“I’m sure the experience of the presentation itself will be just one of the happy memories they will look back on in years to come.”