LARA Sawaya of Kenthurst has achieved the highest youth award in Junior Guides, the Junior BP.
Lara, 10, has been a member of Kellyville 2nd Junior Guides since February 2011 and is the galah patrol leader.
She has earned herself many badges along the way, learning new things and serving the community.
Lara had to complete many different activities over time from core areas, including promise and law, outdoors, patrol system, service, world guiding and guiding traditions.
Lara had to do various activities, including assisting and spending time with the elderly, helping collect bags of rubbish, raising funds for the Cancer Council, leading fellow Guides in Harmony Day activities, writing a song and poem about guiding traditions, camping and gathering stones and sticks to make an outdoor barbecue, cooking, sewing, building a rope ladder and a billy-cart.
Lara’s had her sights on the top award for a long time, spending many hours working towards it.
‘‘I’m so excited,’’ she said.
‘‘I like to continue to learn new things and am more confident because of it.’’
Lara said Guides had taught her to work as an individual and to challenge herself further, as well as working as a team with her fellow junior guides and as a leader of her patrol.
She said she enjoyed her time being a role model to younger Guides and others.
She is continuing to enjoy her guiding adventures.
‘‘Guides has taught me to always be prepared and to aim high in everything I do and I’m thankful for that,’’ she said.