Young scout hon­oured in Par­lia­ment House

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A young Kar­ratha out­doors man has been awarded his scout medal­lion in WA’s Par­lia­ment House as he moves up the ranks in the lo­cal group.

Kar­ratha Scouts ven­turer Tris­tan Hage, 14, re­ceived his Aus­tralian scout medal­lion last month for achiev­ing high stan­dards in com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, men­tor­ing younger scouts, pa­trols and camp­ing.

Tris­tan said learn­ing to be­come a leader and head­ing out bush had driven him dur­ing his time with the scouts.

“I think it’s a good op­por­tu­nity when you get to go out camp­ing with a group of peo­ple and have fun,” he said.

“I was just earn­ing badges at first but then I found out you can earn a scout medal­lion.

“I thought that sounded pretty cool so fig­ured yes, let’s go for that.

“You can achieve what­ever you want to achieve as long as you put your mind to it.”

Tris­tan said his next step would be to go for the Queen’s Scout award, the next level above ven­tur­ers.

Scout leader Dani Hage said she had watched Tris­tan grow from a quiet boy into a con­fi­dent leader dur­ing his time in Scouts.

“This is the high­est award scouts can earn in their po­si­tion as a scout leader,” she said.

Mrs Hage said the group had plenty of camps planned this year, but needed more par­ents and adults to take on lead­er­ship roles so they could in­clude more chil­dren.

“To be­come a leader is the best thing I have done,” she said.

“It is fun — I get good qual­ity time with my kids and you can see the other kids grow­ing and developing and you get a lot of en­joy­ment out of it.”

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Tris­tan Hage, 14, far right, with fel­low mem­bers of the Kar­ratha Scouts.

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