Queen’s Guide Award
What is the Queen’s Guide Award?
The Queen’s Guide Award is the peak achievement award for youth members of Guides Australia. The Queen’s Guide Award provides you with an opportunity for extraordinary personal development and greater self-awareness. The Queen’s Guide Award is recognised in the education system in South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania.
The Queen’s Guide Award has two parts:
- Part A – Gold Endeavour
- Part B – an Interest and a Focus
What do I actually have to do?
The syllabus for the Queen’s Guide Award, Gold Endeavour and Focuses can all be found in Aim High (Revised Edition 2013; Girl Guides Australia). There are numerous challenges to complete but the award is about challenging yourself, to do your best at your level in your way. You can purchase your copy of Aim High from your State Retail Outlet.
Do I need to register for the Queen’s Guide Award?
Yes. Refer to your State website for how to register in your State or contact your State Program Manager.
Who or what will I need to support me?
Refer to Aim High (Revised Edition 2013; Girl Guides Australia), but also download the A-girls-guide-to-the-Queens-Guide-Award-2015_updated.pdf (Girl Guides Australia, 2015) along with any additional information provided by your State Girl Guide Organisation.
You will also need the support from your Unit Leader and a group of similarly-aged Guides. Friends and family can also be an important part of your support team.
What is a challenge?
A challenge is something that has value to you. It should be something that you cannot currently do, but something that with some effort you will be able to achieve. It might include one or more of the following:
- discover a new area;
- extend your knowledge and/or skills;
- help you work on something that needs improvement;
- bring you into contact with a new group of friends; or
- make you feel great to complete.
I’m having trouble coming up with an appropriate challenge for a clause of the award.
This is a common problem initially for many Guides who complete the Award. However with a little bit of discussion with your friends (Guides and non-Guides), family, Leader, teachers and other people who know you – you are sure to identify appropriate challenges for each clause.
How long should it take to complete the Award?
It will take at least 12 months to complete the Award, but more likely to take you at least 18 months.
How does peer assessment work?
Peer assessment is a vital part of the Queen’s Guide Award. Your peers are the most appropriate people to determine whether you are truly pushing yourself when completing the different sections of the Award. You need to be an active member of a Peer Unit to complete the Award. More information about peer assessment is in A-girls-guide-to-the-Queens-Guide-Award-2015_updated.pdf (Girl Guides Australia, 2015).
When do I receive my badge and certificate?
This varies between each State, so refer to your State’s website for more information or if that doesn’t help, contact your State Program Manager.
Remember – you have done a lot of hard work to earn the Queen’s Guide Award – so enjoy your celebrations!
Have you completed the Queen’s Guide Award?
Sharing of challenges
Do you remember when you had to decide what challenges to do for the Queen’s Guide Award? It wasn’t always easy was it? So we would like your help.
This section is for Awardees to share what they have done. So please email your challenges.(remember to indicate which section of the Award, i.e. Gold Endeavour, Service, Interest).
Sharing of Presentation Ceremonies
Presentation Ceremonies should always be personal, as well as special and memorable. However sometimes it can be difficult coming up with a fantastic idea, particularly if no one in your Unit has achieved the Queen’s Guide Award (or not for a while). So please email us the details of your presentation.
The Program team at Girl Guides Australia will include the best ideas and suggestions on this page to help other Guides working on the Award.