Normally when you think of Brownies you think of young girls in sashes - but Radlett Brownie leader Karen Clout has just been presented an award for 40 years service to the organisation.

Karen started her guiding career aged 7 in London Colney, but has since moved up the ranks with a stint in the Sea Scouts before finally becoming a brownie leader herself.

At a recent award ceremony held in St Albans by Hertfordshire Girl Guiding, she was present with the 40 year service award.

Radlett District Commissioner Catherine Bilsborough added: “Karen is an inspirational leader. She has boundless enthusiasm and fantastic ideas to keep the girls busy and active. Not only has she been a guide leader in Radlett for 37 of her 40 years leading, she is also mentor to new leaders and an active presence at all district events. Karen is one of those people who inspires you to do more and to make it fun and enjoyable.

“Radlett is incredibly lucky to have a team of very dedicated and active guide leaders, a number of our leaders have been with us for over 20 years and others for five or more years – it is exceptional to have such a wealth of experience and commitment.”

Karen is still “going strong” and will be going on the pack holiday with Radlett District Brownies this weekend to celebrate the Brownies’ centenary.

Speaking to The Borehamwood Times, she said: "I have had a great deal of fun over the years, made so many great friends and had some amazing adventures.

"I have really loved it and to receive an award is fantastic."