Senior Section

Once a Guide reaches 14 years old there are a couple of options available to her. She can stay on in our unit and move up to become a member of our Senior Section; or register on the list to become a Young leader with one of Guiding groups in our district (note places are limited). Either way the opportunities are immense, from international trips, volunteering, to improving your CV with non-academic qualifications and awards.

1st Ashbourne’s Senior section operates slightly differently to our Guide unit  - meeting mainly on Mondays but sometimes on other days of days of the week (in hope that all girls who wish to attend are catered for). Our Senior Section is open to both girls who have been a member of our Guide unit, these simply automatically progress into Seniors at their 14th birthday, and also those who have not. These girls will need to join by visiting and request to join 1st Ashbourne Guides and Senior Section unit

Our Senior Section is very girl lead, with members playing a big part in choosing and planning many of their activities. Recent past events and activities have included a day in the Peak District caving, movie night and onzie party, evenings hike, visits to the theatre; outdoor cooking evening, Chinese, Italian and Mexican themed nights; A meal out in Derby, a weekend camp-out, a water activity weekend, and a week at an international Jamboree - where there was a dedicated Senior /Explorer programme, providing activities just for those between 14 and 18.

As our Senior section is run alongside our Guide unit, it maintains strong ties and members are sometimes invited to join with Guides for certain meetings and activities etc.

As a member of 1st Ashbourne Seniors it is important to join our closed 'Facebook page' - Search for

1st Ashbourne Senior Section and request to join.

Young Leader Qualification - If you are between 14 and 16 years old and currently volunteering as a Young Leader with another section, then the Young Leader Qualification is for you.

Commonwealth Award - This award is open to all members in the Commonwealth and has been designed to allow you to develop your knowledge of other Commonwealth countries.

 click on to link to Girlguiding UK S. S. website

If you would like to find out more about our Senior Section please give Sarah a call on 01335 330327 or email on

See agenda page and our our 'facebook' group for up to date information on what we have planned.

 Non-academic qualifiacaions and awards -

Duke of Edinburgh's Award - This internationally recognised award comes in three stages: Bronze (for those aged 14 and over), Silver (for those aged 15 and over) and Gold (for those aged 16 and over).

Senior Section Permits - Once you have gained your Senior Section permit you can take Guides or Senior Section girls (maximum of eight) away for a sleepover.

Queen's Guide Award - All Senior Section members over the age of 15 canwork towards their Queen's Guide Award. It is the highest award that you can achieve in Guiding.

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