Future Voices: How the Girlguiding Senior Section took me to the steps of 10 Downing Street

Future Voices: Emily Oxbury, centre, on the steps of 10 Downing Street

Future Voices: Emily Oxbury, centre, on the steps of 10 Downing Street - Credit: Archant

In 1916 Girlguiding members were busy contributing to the War effort, but today, in 2016, it's a very different story.

It's been 100 years since the Senior Section for 14-25 year olds was set up, and lots about Girlguiding has changed over these years. To celebrate reaching this milestone many different events have been organised up and down the country.

One very special trip, organised for Norfolk Senior Section members, took place a few weeks ago.

Now, when I say Girlguiding, what springs to mind? Perhaps an image of girls baking cookies? Or maybe groups of guides singing campfire songs? I very much doubt that the first thing you thought of was Girlguiding members standing on the prime minister's doorstep!

For me, what really brought the moment to life was when I turned around to see groups of tourists peering between the gate railings, hoping to get a glimpse of the famous black door - the door in front of which I was standing!


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Sadly, Mr Cameron didn't come outside to invite us in for afternoon tea (maybe next time!)

The visit to Downing Street and our subsequent stay at Pax Lodge, one of only five world centres, was the latest addition to a growing list of memorable moments throughout my personal Girlguiding history.

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In the last year alone I have had a Hogwarts inspired residential, been backstage at Wembley Arena, and of course I've baked hundreds of cookies, (yes - Girlguides still love to bake cookies!)

Although lots about Girlguiding may have changed since 1916, the ethos remains the same as 100 years ago: be true to ourselves, develop our beliefs and help others.

To find out more about Pax Lodge, click here.

To find out more about the Senior Section, click here.

Emily Oxbury, 14, Thorpe St Andrew School

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