OVER 100 people attended the annual awards ceremony for Girlguiding Fife, which is part of Britain’s biggest youth organisation for girls.
Fife County Commissioner Elizabeth Meacher, of Elie, and the Lord Lieutenant, Margaret Dean, awarded long-service badges to Guide leaders from throughout the Kingdom.
These included eight 30-year, three 40-year and one 50-year award.
In addition, 30 new leaders received Adult Leadership Certificates.
A very special award was presented to Queen’s Guide Emily Mackie, who has achieved the highest qualification in Guiding.
Emily, a senior section unit member from north east Fife, has been invited to Buckingham Palace to receive her Queen’s Guide award formally.
Margaret Dean, who attended as Deputy President of Girlguiding Fife, paid tribute to the volunteers, saying Guide leaders played such an important role in providing a positive example for girls and nurturing them in a safe and friendly environment.
She added: “Girlguiding is a well-established and ever-popular aspect of what is now being termed ‘the big society’, but the Guiding movement has played a key part in the big society for years so it’s nothing new for Guides!”
County President, Ann Henderson MBE, thanked everyone at the Kirkcaldy ceremony for their hard work and dedication in running Rainbow, Brownie, Guide and Senior Section units throughout Fife and congratulated those who received awards.
She said “We are very fortunate in Fife to have leaders who give up their time for the benefit of young girls.
“You are all exceptional role models for the girls you nurture and are a tremendous example for them”.
Girlguiding UK, the country’s largest youth group for girls, provides a safe environment for young girls and young women to meet, learn new skills and have fun.
Also, volunteering adults have opportunities to learn leadership skills and gain qualifications.
More than 14 per cent of six-year-olds are in Rainbows, while adult volunteers give on average 120 hours a year.
Girlguiding UK has half a million young members aged four to 25, while approximately a quarter of all eight-year-old girls in the UK are Brownies.
One in ten of all 11-year-old girls in the UK are Guides.Members ake part in a wide range of activities from abseiling to party planning and from circus skills to survival.
Girlguiding UK is a founder member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the largest youth organisation for girls in the world with more than 10 million members in 144 countries.