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Celebrating 30 years of service to guiding 

 Published on: 24th April 2019   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Guider who leads units in Watford and Croxley has been awarded a silver 30 year service brooch in celebration of the three decades of voluntary service. 

Catherine Farman first joined the organisation as a Brownie at seven years old and progressed through Guides, where she was awarded her Baden Powell award, the highest achievement for a Guide. 

Most recently, Catherine was brought in to support 4th Croxley Guides when their unit was under threat of closure due to their leading moving away, and she is still there over 10 years later. 

Catherine said: “Camp was my first love. I have travelled to Ireland, Mexico and India, but leading a trip to Ghana last summer was something I am most proud of.

“I have lots of wonderful memories, especially being division commissioner for Guiding Centenary in 2010, that has to be a highlight for me. 

“Especially the celebration at Phasels Wood that involved hundreds of girls and leaders of all ages that culminated with a campfire and fireworks. 

“I’m not sure I’ll make 50 years of service like my mum, but who knows. She has always encouraged me to try and make the most of these opportunities and I think I probably have.”

Catherine became a Young Leader with 12th Watford Guides, and by 19 she had completed both a Leaders Qualification and her Camp Licence. 

In Catherine’s time she has reopened their Ranger unit and later started up a Rainbow unit for younger girls. 

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