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Ruby Nails Silver Gaisce!

Congratulations to Ruby Loughlin, a Leader with Cealla Guides and a member of Loughcrew Senior Branch, who was presented with her Silver Gaisce Award at a special award ceremony in Belvedere College on 7 November. Here Ruby writes about how she worked towards the award:

My Silver Gaisce journey began back in August 2018 when I completed the Chief Commissioner’s Award for the Adventure Journey Section. We hiked 60 kilometres through Co Waterford in pairs over five days. We didn’t have phones, so we had to use an OS Map to navigate! We had a spending budget of €28 between the two of us. Overall, I found the experience challenging but so worth it in the end when we received the Chief Commissioner’s Award pin.

I think my communication and teamwork skills improved massively. I really enjoyed participating in the Chief’s adventure challenge. It was definitely my favourite part of my Silver Gaisce journey and I have since completed the Explorer Belt!

As part of the community involvement section of my Gaisce Silver Award, I decided to help out and be a Leader with my local Guide Units. I started as a Ladybird when I was five years old. I helped at our Unit meetings, camps and different days out over the year.

As part of the Personal Skill section of my Gaisce Silver Award, I chose to learn Spanish on Duolingo. I did German in school. I had heard of people using the app Duolingo but I had never used the app myself and found it a very effective way of learning.

As part of the Physical Recreation Section of my Silver Gaisce Award, I chose to run. I knew the benefits of running but I had never run distances before. I wanted to improve my fitness and running is a great way to do so. By the end of the Award I had started to enjoy running and had improved my fitness considerably.