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Aviation badges awarded mid-flight!

Members of Centenary Guides and Senior Branch, Dundrum, were hugely surprised when they were welcomed on board their Aer Lingus flight to Heathrow by Captain Peter McDonnell.

The girls were already in high spirits with the anticipation of their stay at Pax Lodge World Centre in London and then at Foxlease Girlguiding Activity Centre in Hampshire. Hearing the welcome over the intercom by the pilot added to the level of excitement!

The girls were then presented mid-flight with their Aviation badges, which they had worked on before the summer break. It was a truly special journey and, once the plane had safely landed in London, each girl had a turn sitting in the pilot’s seat and trying on the Captain’s hat.

The girls went on to have a fabulous week, which you can read about in Jillian van Turnhout’s blog post. As well as trying out activities like raft-building, high ropes and tunnelling, they worked toward their Europe badges, which they were all presented with on their last day.

Jillian and three members of Centenary Guides – Breda, Isobel and Molly – did a brilliant interview on Near FM about their recent trip to England and about their experience camping in sub-zero temperatures earlier in the summer. Jillian talked about the rewards of being an IGG Leader, saying it’s great to see the girls grow and develop. “Nothing beats the magic of working with girls of this age,” she said.

You can listen to a podcast of the interview here.