Girl Guide receives highest award

Rachel Macloughlin has been awarded the Baden Powell award, the highest award a girl guide can get.
Rachel Macloughlin has been awarded the Baden Powell award, the highest award a girl guide can get.
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A Bury St Edmunds Guide has been presented with the Baden Powell Challenge Award – the highest award a Guide can get.

Rachel Macoughlin, 15, of the 7th Bury St Edmunds Girl Guides group was presented with her award by district commissioner Rachel Hellier after completing 10 challenges.

Rachel said: “I really enjoyed it, all the sections were fun.”

In order to get the award, Rachel had to complete a series of challenges, including creating a cook book of healthy desserts and giving a presentation to all the guides in her group about fair trade foods.

She also found out about Guiding around the world and wrote a review of a show she had seen in London.

Rachel enjoys camping and for one challenge built a bivouac shelter out of rope and tarpaulin which she stayed in over-night with a group of friends.

She also went to an international camp where she swapped badges with guides from Japan and Canada.

Rachel said: “The best bit was the international camp because I got to meet new people, there were lots of organised activities like swimming and bungee tramplining as well as time to talk to guides from other countries.”

As well as her Baden Powell award Rachel gained eight interest badges and three challenge badges while she was a guide and now helps out with a local brownie group.