Young achievers do the Scouts' founder proud on special day

HIGH achievers were the flavour of Tamworth-Oxley Scouts’ Founders Day celebrations on Sunday.

Flynn Ryan and Josh Weir received the Queen’s Scout Award and Scout Daniel Grimmond was awarded his Green Cord and began his Australian Scout Medallion journey.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest award for Venturers and includes leadership development, outdoor activity, personal growth and community involvement.

Both Flynn and Josh completed a Venturer leadership course, Flynn did a 40km, three-night hike and Josh completed his certificate II in sport and recreation and they both completed 30 hours of community service.

Tamworth Oxley assistant scout leader Lesley Mordue said there were 13 steps to achieve the award and it took them three years from when they joined Venturers to achieving the awards.

“There are 20 Venturers at the moment, and out of that, two have achieved the Queen’s Scout Award, with another last year as well, so it’s a minor percentage who achieve it because it’s a lot of hard work for them,” she said.

The Queen’s Scout Award also counts for two ATAR points for entry to university, and Mrs Mordue said this assisted Flynn into his university course.

“One last year got an apprenticeship in aviation because of his Queen’s Scout Award. It’s a globally-recognised award and gives them community skills.” 

The Australian Scout Medallion Daniel is completing prepares Scouts for the Queen’s Scout Award.

For his Australian Scout Medallion project, Daniel ran an I Spy game that involved driving around Tamworth taking photos, then they tallied the scores and presented prizes to the winners.

“For the Australian Scout Medallion, he had to organise an event where he has to show leadership,” Mrs Mordue said.

“He had to appoint people to do jobs for him, like organise media, write the questions, do a weather chart and paperwork.”

Now he’s completed the activity, Mrs Mordue said Daniel had to write a report on what he did which is then sent to the Regional Commissioner of Scouts, then on to Sydney where it will be decided whether he gets the medallion.

Daniel also had to achieve the Adventurer Badge and the Green Cord prior to the medallion.

“He did six proficiency badges, an elective badge, his Green Cord, which was a 30km hike over three days in December at Kyabra Station, and he took five other boys with him,” Mrs Mordue said.

“They’ve got to carry everything for the three days and be self-sufficient. They have to plan their route, work out terrain and how long it will take to get there and emergency points if they need to get someone out.”

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