Young scout honoured in Parliament House
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.”
Tristan Hage, 14, far right, with fellow members of the Karratha Scouts.