Pres­ti­gious Scout award for Cooper

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Co­bram teenager Cooper Fitz­patrick has com­pleted Scouts Vic­to­ria’s high­est youth award — the Queen’s Scout award.

The Year 12 St Mary of the An­gels stu­dent has jug­gled a rig­or­ous aca­demic cur­ricu­lum with his favourite af­ter-school pur­suit.

The award re­flects ini­tia­tive in tack­ling chal­lenges, sus­tained ef­fort across many months and years, plus self-dis­ci­pline, team­work and lead­er­ship.

Only a small per­cent­age of Scouts reach this level and Scouts Vic­to­ria chief com­mis­sioner Bren­dan J Wat­son said many fac­tors, ex­ter­nal and in­ter­nal, help a Scout reach their true po­ten­tial.

‘‘Our youth mem­bers are well sup­ported by their vol­un­teer lead­ers, their fam­i­lies and of­ten their teach­ers, but ul­ti­mately the de­ci­sion to strive to be among the few who reach this level in Scout­ing is a per­sonal choice and of­ten an in­di­ca­tor of fu­ture suc­cess.’’

Cooper was ex­cited and hon­oured by the recog­ni­tion.

‘‘When I started Scouts at the end of 2011 I never re­ally thought that I would con­tinue on with it,’’ he said.

‘‘But now I am here, seven years later in Year 12, fin­ish­ing school and I’ve fin­ished my Queen’s Scout.’’

It was an ar­du­ous jour­ney, tak­ing more than 300 hours to com­plete.

But the hard work did not mean Cooper did not have plenty of fun along the way.

‘‘The award scheme works around you and you choose what you want to do, so nat­u­rally I chose fun things to do, i.e. play­ing Euchre and play­ing sports,’’ he said.

‘‘I got to meet new peo­ple and I also got to see my­self grow.

‘‘Over­all, do­ing this award was one of the great­est things I’ve ever done and I’m ex­tremely hon­oured with the achieve­ment.’’

Fan­tas­tic achieve­ment: Cooper Fitz­patrick was pre­sented with Scouts Vic­to­ria’s high­est youth award, (in­set) the pres­ti­gious Queen’s Scout award.

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