Chatteris teenagers receive the highest award for guiding

Girl guides from 1st Chatteris enjoy a river boat trip as one of their guiding activities

Girl guides from 1st Chatteris enjoy a river boat trip as one of their guiding activities - Credit: Archant

THREE Chatteris teenagers are celebrating after receiving the Baden-Powell Challenge Award which is the highest accolade for guiding.

Charlie Ayers, 15, Danielle Harlock, 15, and Chloe Watson, 14, received the award from their leader during an evening trip aboard the Fox Adventurer narrow boat on the river at March.

They completed a range of activities to achieve the award, including organizing a sponsored event, completing badges such as independent living and world traveller and working towards personal fitness goals.

Charlie said: “I am really pleased to have completed my Baden-Powell Award, it took a lot of work but gave me the chance to do some new things.

“I got to run evenings for my Guide unit and will use this experience at the Brownie unit I’m about to start helping with.”

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The unit’s leader, Avril Squire, said: “I’m very proud of the girls for completing their Baden-Powell Award. It’s something that they have to organize and focus themselves to achieve.”

She added: “We’re happy to welcome new members who might not have been involved in Guides or potential leaders who’d like to enable these young women take part in activities. Volunteering enables you to play a part in giving girls and young women incredible experiences and self-confidence in a safe, girl-only space.”

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For the recent award the guides completed ten challenges in different categories, including healthy lifestyles, global awareness, and celebrating diversity.

They also took part in the Baden-Powell Adventure Challenge residential camp.

All three have now moved to a newly opened senior section at 1st Chatteris which is open to young women aged 14-26.

To find out more about volunteering or to join either group, please contact

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