By Dorothy Walker
I’ve been involved with the same Guide unit in Edinburgh for 63 years. After 63 years you could be forgiven for thinking I had tried everything that guiding has to offer! But you’d be wrong! I recently took up a new challenge – working towards the Voyage Award as part of the Trefoil Guild.
The Trefoil Guild is for men and women aged 18+ who support the guiding ethos. Lots of our members have been active in guiding so being part of the Trefoil Guild is a great way to stay involved and keep in touch with other volunteers.
The Voyage Award has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold and each one challenges you to throw yourself into a new adventure. There are five sections – service, myself, team work, skills and explore my world. Working on my Bronze and Silver awards has given me the incentive to try new things – things I’d been putting off for years!
The awards encourage you to take your hobbies and interests one step further and really challenge yourself. The challenges can be adapted to suit you – so you can choose to actually walk the West Highland Way or research the history and ecology of this iconic route.
I’d encourage anyone to get involved in the Trefoil Guild – there are 6 in Edinburgh and they are all different. There is bound to be one that suits you! If you want to find out more about Trefoil Guilds in Edinburgh there is lots of information on our website.
As for the Voyage Award – give it a try! You never know what you can achieve until you give it a shot. You might be thinking “I couldn’t do that” but if you give it a go you’ll probably find you can. Why not find out more on the Trefoil Guild website? Order a record book and get stuck in!