Guide leader Rachel receives highest award

Rachel receives her Queens Guide Award from from rowing world record holder Sally Kettle at the Houses of Parliament.
Rachel receives her Queens Guide Award from from rowing world record holder Sally Kettle at the Houses of Parliament.
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A Girlguiding superstar from Grimsargh has achieved the organisation’s highest prize, the Queen’s Guide Award.

And 27 year old Rachel Crisp, leader for 1st Grimsargh Brownies, was presented with it in Parliament in a celebration ceremony by Chief Guide Gill Slocombe and Guiness World Record-holder Sally Kettle, who has twice rowed the Atlantic ocean.

They are our next inspiring female role models who have proved they are a force for good

Chief Guide Gill Slocombe

Rachel, who is also leader for Grimsargh’s Senior Section, took 14 months to complete the tough Queen’s Guide Award, a personal collection of challenges which must be completed before a young woman turns 26.

Her challenges included volunteering at a local food bank, helping to organise an event for over 800 girls and setting up a baking blog.

Looking back at her achievements, she said “I’m proud I completed such a challenging, time-consuming award in such a short period of time and that I made myself open to new opportunities.

“I was involved in the creation of a local food bank and took control of how the food income is organised, stored and displayed. I also set up a blog to record the baking I did for my personal skill, I baked over 60 times making everything from pastry to bread and cakes.

“I’ve gone on to do spokesperson training, attend a regional forward focus event, take girls away internationally to the USA and open a new guiding group for Senior Section girls in my area.”

Chief Guide Gill Slocombe said: “It’s been fantastic to meet the Queen’s Guides. I’m proud of these inspirational young women who have achieved the Queen’s Guide Award by setting themselves incredible challenges and taking positive action in their communities. They are our next inspiring female role models who have proved they are a force for good.”

Trailblazer Sally Kettle spoke at the celebration on the amazing dedication of the Queen’s Guides. Fewer than 200 Girlguiding members complete the award every year.

She said “It’s a great pleasure to meet the young women who have given so much time and commitment to complete their Queen’s Guide Award. It takes a huge amount of courage, as every element of the Award pushes them to test themselves and to try something new and different. It’s testament to their resilience and hard work that the Queen’s Guides receive their award at the Houses of Parliament. I’m extremely proud of them, and I hope they realise what fantastic role models they are to everyone.”