Jessica Dingle, aged 7 who goes to Sacred Heart School has been awarded the top Rainbows Gold award.
This award was only introduced last year when Girlguiding launched their new programme for their members and it is therefore an extra special achievement as Jessica is one of the first handful of girls to have achieved this award in the whole of the United Kingdom.
Jessica is a member of the 1st Wargrave Rainbows and has earned 55 badges over the last two years including all 12 interest badges that range from animal lover, nature, construction to recycling. She completed the last parts of the award during lockdown by taking part in some of Girlguiding’s Adventures at Home programme and the Guiding online festival. To complete the Gold award she had to a special project which was finding out about Brownies and putting together a scrapbook of her favourite Rainbow activities.
Jessica’s Mum, Victoria said, “She’s absolutely loved Rainbows. From being a young, shy girl starting at 5, she’s grown in confidence and learnt lots of great things plus made lots of lovely new friends. She’s been really determined to achieve the award but has absolutely loved it and it’s been fun. I’ve very proud of her.”
Jessica said, “My favourite things have been learning first aid and crafting. For my helper badge I went to Chiltern Court Care Home when my Grandma wasn’t very well and did some sing and dancing for everyone to cheer them up.” During lockdown she’s also made cookies for the post lady and made a display for the NHS.
The award was delivered to Jessica’s home on Monday in an envelope which said don’t open until Tuesday when her Leader and District Commissioner asked her to open it to reveal her special Gold badge and certificate on the Zoom meeting. Jessica is look forward to starting Brownies in September.