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Here at GWAAC, we are delighted to announce a new partnership with Girlguiding Bristol and South Gloucestershire, and Girlguiding Somerset North, on a new Challenge Badge, which will inspire girls to aim for a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM).

We launched the partnership with Girlguiding on Sunday 12th May at our air base in Almondsbury, where girls aged 5 – 14 from Brownies, Rainbows and Guides took part in a variety of activities linked to the Challenge Badge. 

Lisa Williams, Assistant County Commissioner Support at Girlguiding Bristol & South Gloucestershire, said:

“We’re so pleased to be partnering with GWAAC, it is very important that we teach our members important life-saving skills such as CPR and inspire our young members to achieve their potential in their future careers, whether that’s in a medical or healthcare setting, a pilot or a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths.

“The challenge badge we have developed covers all these topics and more and will raise vital funds for GWAAC and Girlguiding Bristol and South Gloucestershire and Somerset North Counties.”

From learning CPR to running a series of fun ‘experiments’, the Challenge Badge activities are intrinsically linked to the core values of Girlguiding; enabling girls to develop the skills and confidence to make a difference to the world around them.

Anna Perry, CEO at GWAAC, said:

“I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and curiosity of the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides who attended our launch event. I have no doubt that they, and many others in Girlguiding, will benefit from the GWAAC Challenge Badge activities, which will equip them with some life-saving skills, and inspire them to consider a career in medicine, engineering or aviation.

“We have great hopes for this partnership with Girlguiding, and are hugely grateful to them for all their support for our charity.”

In order to achieve the GWAAC Challenge Badge, the girls must complete an activity from six different categories that link to the work of GWAAC; aviation, medical, charity, the five counties, our crew and fundraising.

Girlguide Bethany, aged 12, who attended the launch day said: “My favourite thing was having the tour around the base and you telling us what you do and how your jobs work, I hope to become a paramedic one day.”

If you’re interested in finding out more on the Girlguiding Challenge Badge, or would like to book a Heart Starters session to teach your school or group CPR skills, please get in touch on 0303 4444 999 or at

You can find out more about getting involved, and download the GWAAC Challenge Badge Pack below.