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It takes a village to raise a Queen’s Guide, part 2

And I’d also like to thank…

Queen’s Guide Buddy, my sister in guiding, for motivating us to get started with two years to go, and for innumerable other things. I suppose I ought to give her a new pseudonym once it’s all finished.

My Queen’s Guide mentor, who is high up on my list of role models.

My Guides and all the Guides, Senior Section and Leaders who came to camp with us in 2013 for giving me the chance to do my 60 hours’ practical guiding service. 2 terms + a week at camp = 281.5 hours.

The Brownies, Young Leaders and Leaders of the local unit that let me run their pack holiday, a) to take on a responsibility new to me at a residential event, and b) to get my Going Away With licence to be able to do my exploration.

My mentor for my Going Away With licence, another local Brown Owl who also was also my Adult Leadership Qualification mentor, lucky her!

Two local Guide leaders who assessed me for said licence, and the County Indoor Residential Adviser for approving it.

The girls and adults in my division who came on the pantomime trip I organised to take an active part in the planning of an event involving at least two units.

The girls and adults at the region camp where I got involved in a working group/committee (i.e. running an activity zone).

My local Rangers for listening to a presentation about said camp.

My friends and QGB’s friends and boyfriend who joined us for our exploration.

My Guides (again) for joining in with our report of said exploration.

My boyfriend and his family for giving me my first crochet hooks, not to mention lifts, meals, and generalised support.

The volunteers and paid staff at my local public library for letting me join them and answering my questions for my community project.

My district Trefoil Guild for listening to a report of said project.

The Brownies, Rainbows, Senior Section and adults from the town where I live (but don’t do guiding) who let me join in with their holiday to get my residential experience where the majority of participants were unknown to me.

My County Queen’s Guide Adviser, County Commissioner and County Outdoor Adviser, who will soon (short of unforeseen disaster) sign the whole thing off.

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Oh hi, 2015!

Firstly, it’s time to wish this blog a happy first anniversary.  Break out the party poppers!

This makes it my longest-lived blog (out of…5?), which I put down to the fact that it’s easy to write about guiding things.  There’s never a shortage of subject matter, because there’s something (or several somethings) happening almost every week.  Don’t know why I didn’t start before.  I’ve already found it really handy to have a record of what I’ve done and when I did it.

Secondly, a bit of reflection on 2014.  In most aspects of life, it was a year of unprecedented stasis, and for the first time since I was four, I ended the year with more or less the same living arrangements, job, relationships, hobbies and educational status as I began it.  I’m very lucky that nothing really awful has happened to me and mine this year, and I’ve had the time and space to rediscover things like art, and try some new things like growing vegetables, because I knew I would be living in the same place long enough to see them grow.

The negative is that sometimes I’ve panicked at the lack of change and tried to meddle with things that were fine as they were.  I think guiding – having things to plan and prepare and work on – has rescued me from doing too much of that, and helped me to use my time and abilities more wisely.  It’s certainly been the main part of my life that’s developed.  In 2014 I…

  • Ran my first Pack Holiday and gained my Going Away With qualification
  • Became Division Residential Adviser and helped to assess several Pack Holidays
  • Completed the Skill, Residential and Exploration parts of my Queen’s Guide award, and started the big boss, Community Action
  • Ran the camp programme with a slightly different (but excellent) team
  • Got more involved in my Unit admin: emailing parents, making letters and consent forms
  • Taken more photos of my guiding activities.  Benefits include making my PR Advisers happy by giving them material, and being able to make a slide show for my Guides at the end of the year

…on top of the usual involvements in unit meetings, local events and trips, fundraising, et al.  It’s been more than some have done and less than others have done, but it’s been fine for me.

Guiding-wise, there are already a few things to look forward to in 2015, like a Bake Off, Thinking Day, and the county international camp, and I’ve got a few other things I’d like to make happen – well, mostly taking my Guides to a theme park, if I’m honest.  Here’s to another year of using time and abilities wisely – and to guiding with a smile 🙂