For girls who can meet challenge
The Queen’s Award is our ultimate award given to girls who meet Girls’ Brigade International’s highest standards.
Aim: To encourage girls and young women to a personal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ, while respecting other faiths, inspiring them to greater endeavour in service within the general community and to make a contribution to the worldwide concept of the Girls’ Brigade
As girls work towards this award, we hope they will learn new skills, be open to new experiences and set personal targets that will test and take them out of their comfort zone while developing their faith along the way. At the end of the programme girls will understand themselves better, knowing they have made significant contributions to people around them, and will feel really proud of what they have achieved.
Queen’s Award is open to Girls’ Brigade and IFG members from age 15.
The two-year programme involves the following areas:
Two initiative tasks eg organizing an event, organizing a themed dinner , fundraiser, etc
48 hours of voluntary community service
major assignment eg photography, music , sports, sewing, book writing, etc
Girl’s Brigade service throughout the two years of the award
church involvement throughout the two years of the award
participation in Assessment Weekend, a residential weekend comprising of a presentation of a written and verbal submission on a given topic, tours of Parliament and Government House, written assessment covering GB and NZ knowledge, and an interview about social and spiritual perspectives.
The award is presented at Presentation Weekend, held in early December in Wellington. The awards are presented at Government House, followed by a formal dinner, and a church service the next morning, all of which the girls can invite family and others to.
If you are keen to do Queen’s Award, ask your leader to have a chat to the Queen’s Award Convenor in your area, or contact the National Queen’s Award Committee at , to see if it’s something you should give a go!
"The Queens' Award is not meant to be easy – it is meant to stretch and challenge you and it really did that for me." That's 2014 Queen's Awardee Georgia Phillips' summary of her experience. She quotes Bethany Hamilton: "Courage doesn't mean you don't get afraid. Courage means you don't let fear stop you. That is something I have learned through the challenges I had in completing my Queens Award."
Jovita Manickam also received her Queen's Award in 2014. Her assessment: "This award has been challenging right from the start, but the rewards of it are so, so worth it. ... This weekend marks the end of two years of hard work but it only marks the beginning of a lifetime spent using the skills I have learnt."
As part of her Queen's Award programme, Christie spent six months volunteering at the Dunedin Public Library, as well as organising a pyjama party and themed dinner for her Girls' Brigade company.
''Working at the library was really cool. I got to work on all the different levels of the library and everybody there was very nice.''
Although tough, she says the experience was rewarding in itself.
''It was really good just giving things a go and going out there and enjoying whatever was thrown at me. I would say to others, just to go for it! It's a challenge but also a lot of fun.''