Thursday, 8 March 2012

Baden Powell Award - so nearly there

I've recently had one of my "let go of the reins a bit" experiences, as daughter went off to do her Baden Powell Adventure weekend.
She's been working towards her Baden Powell Award since last January, fitting it around schoolwork and the other things she does, and when she reached 8 clauses completed she was able to apply to go on an adventure - a weekend where she went away with other girls doing the award, none of whom she had met before, to carry out a series of challenges and also learn more about Guiding once you are 14.
At 13 and 3 months, she was the youngest on the weekend - you need to have completed two years in Guides (which starts at age 10) before you can start the award, so you rarely go on an adventure before the age of 13, and most of the girls were 14 and 15.
So I dropped her off at Guiding HQ in the nearest city to us, where 2 Guiders were waiting for 12 girls. They spent the night there then went to a nearby town for challenges the next day, then stayed at the youth hostel there, then headed to a third town the day after then back to the HQ. All along the way they had to budget for meals and whether they would cook them or buy them, complete the challenges and get themselves around using bus timetables to certain places at certain times.
They did a great job - and it proves to me she can cope with that kind of thing so I can worry less next time I need her to get the bus home from town after a school event.
But this letting go thing...it's hard!

4 comments:

Kelloggsville said...

not kidding it would be hard! she is still very young to be doing that, so well done her x

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

It was hard for you, but think about how much she got out of the experience. Amazing.

animalanakitty said...

Just read this and felt the same pride you must of felt... Bless her and well done, it takes effort and determination. x
My daughter ( who is now at Uni ) also did her BP Award at 13 and was presented with her certificate at the age of 13yrs 5mths. Actually completed her BP Award at 13yrs 3mths - one of the youngest to achieve it :-)
Guides teaches them so much and helps prepare them for their future. And helps us proud mums let go when the time comes, knowing they can and will face all challenges with a smile.

animalanakitty said...

Just read this and felt the same pride you must of felt... Bless her and well done, it takes effort and determination. x
My daughter ( who is now at Uni ) also did her BP Award at 13 and was presented with her certificate at the age of 13yrs 5mths. Actually completed her BP Award at 13yrs 3mths - one of the youngest to achieve it :-)
Guides teaches them so much and helps prepare them for their future. And helps us proud mums let go when the time comes, knowing they can and will face all challenges with a smile.

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