Highest accolade presented to Guides


GUIDES from Yapton are revelling in their success after they proved they are simply the best.

Three members of 1st Yapton Guides are celebrating after they received the highest accolade for Guides – the Baden-Powell Challenge Award.

Jodi Adams, Tilley Hancock and Amy Tyson, all aged 14, completed a range of exciting activities to achieve the award.

Unit leader Anna Drynan said: “I’m very proud of the girls for completing their Baden-Powell Challenge Award as it is something they can look back on in years to come with pride.

“Receiving their certificate and badge marks the end of a lot of effort and dedication over the last 18 months and I’m excited to see what challenge they will take on next.”

To be presented with the award Guides must complete ten challenges in different categories – which include healthy lifestyles, global awareness, and celebrating diversity – as well as the Baden-Powell Adventure Challenge residential camp.

Amy spent some time fundraising for Help for Heroes, Jodi focused on making improvement in sports by earning her brown and white belt in karate and Tilley focused on improvements in cooking, including running chocolate-related activities for her patrol.

Amy said: “My favourite part of the challenge was the final residential at Arundel Castle with around 20 other Guides from across West Sussex.

“We had the opportunity to plant summer bulbs in the Castle Gardens, as well as tour the estate, try produce grown in the grounds and meet some of the baby animals.”

Tilley also enjoyed the visit to Arundel, but she did have some trouble trying to get to sleep.

She said: “During the residential at Arundel Castle, we stayed in a room within the castle which was filled with old mannequins.

“It was very creepy trying to get to sleep with so many pairs of eyes watching you.”

Jodi, Tilley and Amy received their awards from their unit leader and Arundel West District Commissioner Sue Callander at a special presentation evening.

The girls have got plenty of adventures ahead as Tilley and Jodi will now move on to become part of the 1st Yapton Rangers unit – and Amy will become a young leader at Yapton Brownies.

Jodi said: “I am extremely proud to have completed my Baden-Powell Award as it has taken more than a year of hard work to achieve.

“I can’t wait to move onto Rangers and get started on the Queen’s Guide Award.”