Girl guides her way to a prestigious honour

Girl guide Jade Johnson
Girl guide Jade Johnson

A girl guide has guided her own way to the top, after being given an exclusive accolade to recognise her leadership skills.

Jade Johnson, 26, from Newport Pagnell, has dedicated several years working toward guiding’s top honour - the Queen’s Guide Award.

The award empowers young women aged 16 to 25 to broaden their horizons, raise their aspirations and develop vital leadership skills to help them improve their own lives and the lives of others.

The girl-only challenge sets participants a series of demanding tasks, including embarking on an ambitious four-day outdoor adventure, overseeing a pair of ground-breaking community action projects and devoting a year to cultivating a new skill.

Among the tasks Jade chose to tackle was being cook at camp. She said: “I had to cook on a wood fire for 60 people for a whole week. They needed hot meals twice a day. The best meal was our yellow submarine dessert – complete with blue custard!”

Jade received her award from chief guide Gill Slocombe at a special ceremony in London on November 18.

Jade, who is a leader at 1st Newport Pagnell Guides, said: “I ran a forum for local members of The Senior Section to find out their views as young women and what they wanted.

“We listened to them and are now carrying out what they want – including a monthly newsletter and an annual fun weekend away.’ Jade is currently training and raising money for her next challenge, a trek to Machu Picchu to raise money for Guiding.”