Queen’s Guide honour for six Penang girls

The six recipients conferred with the rank of Queen’s Guide sharing their joy with (in blue from left) Su Hashim and Chan. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

According to historical archives, three years after Lord Robert Baden-Powell formed the Scouts, the First Scout Rally was held in 1909 in London.

Besides the thousands of uniformed Boy Scouts, there were many girls dressed exactly like the boys.

They told Baden-Powell that they were Scouts too, which shook the founder somewhat because back then, it was uncommon for girls to go camping and hiking.

The old saying had been: “If a girl is not allowed to run, or even hurry, to swim, ride a bike, or raise her arms above her head, how can she become a Scout?”

But a year later, Baden-Powell and his sister Agnes formed the Girl Guides.

Vinishaa sold banana cakes, drinks and bookmarks.

Vinishaa sold banana cakes, drinks and bookmarks.

He picked the term ‘Guides’ after the Corps of Guides in the then British-Indian Army -- soldiers renowned for their tracking and survival skills.

The tenacity of that group of girls who proved to Baden-Powell that girls can do it too has been kept alive to this day in every Girl Guide.

In Penang, six 17-year-old Girl Guides recently put that tenacity to the test and earned for themselves the most coveted rank of Queen’s Guide.

Penang Girl Guides Association (PGGA) chief commissioner Chan Kit Sin said it was a proud achievement because the six were sent and all of them were awarded the highest rank.

“Before sitting for the Queen’s Guide test, candidates must complete a three-month community service project.

“It is not easy and all these girls have made our state proud,” she said in a press conference at the PGGA headquarters in Air Itam, Penang, recently.

Also present was PGGA president Puan Sri Su Hashim.

The newly anointed Queen’s Guides are S. Vinishaa, Wicky Chong, Sammy Yeoh, Lau Yu Jia, Quah Jia Rong and Lee Sze Ling.

For their community service projects, each was assigned tasks that included re-growing the grass in a school field, painting their headquarters, replacing the awnings, updating the notice board and cleaning out the headquarters storeroom which was undisturbed for over 10 years.

Yu Jia gave swimming lessons and sold handicrafts.

Yu Jia gave swimming lessons and sold handicrafts.

They had to organise their teams, raise the required funds and complete the work using their own ingenuity and effort.

Vinishaa said she sold banana cakes, drinks and custom-made bookmarks to raise the money to paint the headquarter’s facade.

Yu Jia, who is also a swimming instructor, gave swimming lessons and sold homemade handicraft items for funds to re-grow grass in her school field.

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