Jump­ing through Hoops to be best in scouts, cubs

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Char­mayne Al­li­son

THEIR motto is ‘‘be pre­pared’’ — but noth­ing could have pre­pared the Hooper sib­lings for the mas­sive cubs and scouts awards they re­cently re­ceived on the same night.

Jes­sica Hooper, 10, was the sec­ond girl from the district to be granted the Grey Wolf Award — the high­est hon­our in the cubs sec­tion.

And 14-year-old Will Hooper was not to be left be­hind, scoop­ing the scouts top hon­our — the Aus­tralian Scout Medal­lion with the Ad­ven­turer Cord Level.

These ac­co­lades rep­re­sented years of hard work for the two ad­ven­tur­ers.

Jes­sica took three and a half years to achieve the cubs lev­els in­volved, while Will slot­ted four and a half years to com­plete all lev­els in scout­ing.

The sib­lings rep­re­sented a small per­cent­age of cubs and scouts that achieve these top awards.

‘‘They’ve both had to work very hard over a num­ber of years to get these awards,’’ Kyabram Scouts leader Cath Pell said.

‘‘The last Grey Wolf Award we achieved was in 2012, while the last Aus­tralian Scout Medal­lion was in 2015.

‘‘This makes us very proud. It’s a mas­sive achieve­ment.’’

Cath said Kyabram Scouts were al­ways in need of more lead­ers to see mem­bers like Jes­sica and Will con­tinue to climb through the ranks.

‘‘With more adult vol­un­teers, we can have many more awards op­por­tu­ni­ties like these,’’ she said.

‘‘Oth­er­wise we strug­gle to ac­com­mo­date all the kids in Ky who want to get in­volved.’’

For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Cath Pell on 0427 594 215 or email kyabram­scouts@gmail.com

Sib­lings Will and Jes­sica Hooper have won top awards for scouts and cubs.

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