Scouts stick it out

First fe­males to achieve this goal in eight years

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen Carly.Cullen@sc­news.com.au

AVID scouts Olivia Turner and Mad­die Rhule are the first fe­males to achieve the Aus­tralian Scout Medal­lion in eight years.

“It’s an award that only a few Scouts get and it’s the high­est award in scout­ing,” Olivia said.

“I feel­ing very hon­oured to get it, it’s been a re­ally great jour­ney. I got through it with the help of my dad and my friends.”

The ap­ple doesn’t fall too far from the tree when it comes to the Turn­ers.

Olivia’s fa­ther Mar­cel was a Scout leader at Kawana for three years, so it seems nat­u­ral that his daugh­ter would fol­low in his foot­steps.

“The girls met at the Kawana Scout Den in 2015 and quickly be­came friends. They both de­cided to work to­wards their Aus­tralian Scout Medal­lion or ASM, which is the high­est award in the Scout sec­tion,” he said.

“Only about five per cent of Scouts ever achieve this level.

“The ASM award was in­tro­duced into scout­ing in 2000, since then only six Scouts at Kawana have achieved it.

“Prior to Mad­die and Olivia re­ceiv­ing this award, it had only ever been re­ceived by one other girl at Kawana, this was in 2007.

“Scout­ing is great for young peo­ple, it teaches them valu­able new skills and helps them to build their con­fi­dence in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

“They learn how to work in teams (patrols) and it em­pow­ers them with knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of the world around them while hav­ing fun and mak­ing new friends.”

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

JOB WELL DONE: Olivia Turner and Madi­son Rhule (left).

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

YOUNG ACHIEV­ERS: Olivia and Mad­die’s hard work has paid off.

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