The highest international award that a young Scout can achieve went to seven Te Anau Venturers at a ceremony last Saturday. Parents, friends and members of the scouting community gathered at the Te Anau Scout Hall to watch the Venturer Leader, Lyn Wicks present the Queen's Scout (QS) Awards.
Emma Bell, Harmana Kraak, Damian Pang, Alex Lundman, Lane McDuff and Thomas Schuck were last year's Fiordland College graduates who completed the tasks for the award together, bringing the number of Te Anau Queen's Scouts to 31. Sophia Humphries completed her QS last year, but received her badge at this year's presentation.
The Queen's Scout Award takes three years to complete and includes challenges in the outdoors, learning new skills, pursuing new interests and developing an understanding of local and international communities. The aspirants have to show a long-term commitment to community service and undertake residential courses and other forms of training.
For their outdoor challenge the group planned and walked the four-day Hollyford Track and completed a two-day traverse of Mt Titiroa.
Their community service included, among other activities, helping with St John Ambulance (Alex Lundman), trampoline coaching (Emma Bell and Harmana Kraak), assisting with the Fiordland Players and the Kepler Challenge (Thomas Schuck) and helping with the Kids Restore the Kepler (Sophia Humphries).
Emma Bell and Harmana Kraak said that completing all the tasks for the award was hard work, but gave them a sense of achievement and "was a lot of fun".
Scouts Te Anau Group Leader Noel Walker said that earning the Queen's Scout Award was an achievement that the whole Fiordland community should celebrate.
"These young people are a credit to their families and to Fiordland, and are an inspiration to the younger members of our Scouting community," he said.