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It is the highest international award that a youth member in Scouting can achieve and those who complete it are recognised as being highly motivated and driven to succeed.
Parents and friends and member of the scouting community attended the ceremony at the Te Anau Scout Hall, with Venturer Leader Lyn Wicks presenting the Award and assisted by Zone Leader Dave Frew and Assistant Group Leader Sue Walker.
Sophia Humphries, Alex Lundman, Thomas Schuck, Emma Bell, Harmana Kraak, Damian Pang, and Lane McDuff were all Fiordland College Graduates from last year and completed the tasks for the award bringing the total number of Te Anau Queens’ Scouts to 31since the 1990’s. 12 of those awards have been in the past 3 years.
Sophia Humphries completed her QS last year but due other commitments received her badge at this year’s presentation.
The Queen’s Scout takes three years to complete and includes challenges in the outdoors, learning new skills, pursuing new interests and developing an understanding of our local and international communities. There are also long-term community service obligations and requirements to undertake residential courses and other forms of training.
To complete their outdoor challenge a four-day expedition was planned and they walked the Hollyford Track and completed a two-day challenge of Mt Titiroa.
“Earning the Queen’s Scout Award was an achievement that the whole Fiordland community should celebrate," Te Anau Scouting Group Leader Noel Walker said.
“These young people are a credit to their families, our group and to Fiordland and are an inspiration to the younger members of our Scout Group.''
Te Anau Scouting Group Leaders Noel and Sue Walker have taken the group for the past 30 years.
- By Julie Walls