St Dominick's Guides,
The gold theme was very evident in the room - from the decorations on the tables to the gold goodie bags we were given. I was so nervous of getting up in front of everyone and was glad I was in the last group to go up. I thought it was a lovely idea how each Guide got their own moment of fame with a personal message from our Unit Leaders.
A group of female reenactors depicting the women from the1916 Rising gave a very interesting display on the important role of women in the Rising and a female soldier, Lt Jennifer Larkin, told us of her experiences with the Irish Army.
Her advice to us was always to have a plan B just in case your first plan doesn't work out; as we have been taught in Guides – ‘Be Prepared’!
The Award consisted of completing a variety of challenges, helping organise Guide meetings, helping out with community projects and earning badges. Some of my favourite times in Guiding were helping out with the Brownie Unit and, at times, Guides and Brownies worked together with our local Tidy Towns group. I really enjoyed this group activity and got great satisfaction when our town won a big award this year.
Our Leaders organised a lot of different skills, tasks and challenges for our Unit over the years and on reflection these really helped with my confidence and Patrol Leader skills.
I am sure that much of what I have learned in Guiding will be useful in my future and I will always have happy memories of my Guiding years.
~ Faye Mulvihill, St Dominick’s Guides, Listowel, Co Kerry