Epworth girl guide awarded highest honour

2014-09-01 00:00

FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD Jennifer Brock, from Hayfields, yesterday received the Chiefs Challenge, the highest honour a girl guide can get before moving on to become a Ranger.

The award was presented to the Epworth School pupil in front of her fellow guides at the end of a weekend-long craft camp at the Girl Guide campsite in World’s View. The event was supported by Pietermaritzburg businesses Mndeni Meats, Parklane Spar and PMB Tool Centre.

The last time a girl from the KwaZulu-Natal Inland region was awarded the Chiefs Challenge was in 2002.

Carryn Smith, better known to the Girl Guides as Snow Eagle, told The Witness: “In order to get the Chiefs Challenge badge, a girl has to complete a range of activities, including a community service project, various camping skills and working on equipping themselves with the necessary life skills that a young woman of today needs.

“Jennifer has worked very hard over the past two years, going on various camps, helping the South African Guide Dogs Association sell raffle tickets at the Royal Show, learning first aid and rescuing skills, among other things.”

Jennifer has been involved in the Girl Guides movement since she was in Grade 1, when she started Brownies.

“I really got to love nature through doing this and guiding laws also help improve my lifestyle,” she said.

Her blue sash is covered in the badges that she has had to earn to achieve the Chiefs Challenge, including her favourites — those for dancing and baking.

Jennifer admitted that doing the three months’ community service hadn’t been easy. “Finding an organisation to help was hard, but eventually I helped out with the Cubs,” she said.

Making time to complete the various badges and challenges was also tricky. The talented teenager also does ballet at Ballet Beautiful in Pelham and had to make sure her homework was done.

“I really wanted to be a Ranger, so I always tried hard to find the time,” Jennifer said.

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