Highest Guide achievement awarded to Bridport Girl Guide

PROUD: Girl Guides Jemima Carins and Kirsten Howard were awarded their Queens Guide awards at Government House. Picture: supplied

PROUD: Girl Guides Jemima Carins and Kirsten Howard were awarded their Queens Guide awards at Government House. Picture: supplied

A North-East Girl Guide was awarded the organisation’s highest achievement.

Jemima Carins from the Bridport Girl Guide unit was among 18 young men and women who received their Queen’s Guide or Queen’s Scout Awards on May 25.

The presentation of the 2018 awards took place with Governor Kate Warner at Government House in Hobart, which was then followed by a celebratory dinner to reward the recipients for their hard-work and dedication.

Girl Guides Tasmania Dorset district manager Lyn Commane said the award was the “peak achievement” for Girl Guides and Scouts.

“Queen’s Guide and Scout awards usually take three to four years to complete,” she said.

“They have to do a fair bit. It’s not an easy thing to do, you have to be quite dedicated to do it.”

Ms Commane said to earn the award, Guides and Scouts had to complete service within the community, do self-development, show leadership, complete outdoor challenges, pursue an interest, and focus on advance skills in areas such as boating, camping, emergency skills, sport, technology, arts, and world Guiding.

“In the North-East previously there have been two other Guides to receive the award, and I’ve been guiding here for about 30 years,” she said.

“I’ve got three more [Girl Guides] who have just started working on theirs, so Jemima has really inspired them to try and do it.”

Ms Commane said she was proud of Jemima for all the hard work that went into achieving the award.

“I’m really proud, because it’s a bit of blood, sweat and tears over the journey.

“It’s not easy, so they really have to get into it.

“The service alone takes about 30 hours.

“It’s a huge achievement; they’ve got a signed certificate from the Queen. It’s pretty up there, really.”

Another Northern Tasmanian Girl Guide, Kirsten Howard of the Corminston Girl Guide unit, also received her Queen’s Guide Award at the ceremony.

For more information about Girl Guides Tasmania, visit www.guidestas.org.au.