Queen’s Guide Award for Duns Guider Amanda

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AMANDA Aitken, a Guider with Duns Guides and Duns Rangers, has been presented with her Queen’s Guide Award at a dinner attended by her fellow Guide leaders.

Elizabeth Reid, Berwickshire County Commissioner, made the presentation.

The Queen’s Guide Award is the ultimate award obtainable by a young woman in Girlguiding UK. It is a series of challenges in five areas over a period of three years which allows the young woman to develop her own skills while contributing to Guiding and her local community.

For the Service in Guiding Section of the Award, Amanda worked with the Guide and Ranger units in Duns, was a First Aider at a Brownie Pack holiday and was part of the planning team for a Duns District event. She also attended a senior section weekend in York.

As part of the Outdoor Challenge, she ran a weekend for senior section members at Innerwick Outdoor Centre and trained for and took part in a Duke of Edinburgh Gold expedition. She was presented with her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award at Holyrood Palace in the summer of 2009.

Part of her Personal Skill development included decorating her house before she got married. She researched and carried out a practical project on plastic bags as part of the Community Action section. She became part of the planning team for the UK Senior Section Residential Weekend which was held at Dalguise, in Perthshire, and was instrumental in bringing this event back to Scotland.

Throughout 2009-2010, Amanda was Berwickshire county centenary champion, the person in the county who co-ordinated all the special events celebrating 100 years of Guiding.

She has now taken on the new role of county senior section adviser.

This is a well-deserved award for a young woman who started off as a very shy Guide but has matured into an independent lady who thought nothing of flying to London for planning meetings.

Amanda is now waiting for the official presentation of the award which will be held at St James Palace in London. Sophie, Countess of Wessex, President of Girlguiding UK, will make the presentation. This is the first Queen’s Guide Award in Berwickshire for about 25 years. Congratulations, Amanda!