A rare Queen Scout honour
Martin Chambers has become Ashburton’s first to receive youth Scouting’s top award – the Queen Scout Award – in more than 20 years.
The 18-year-old apprentice builder, who started his time in Scouts as a quiet, keen, young Kea in 2005, had to complete a series of modules, tramps and around 120 hours of community service, including a special project, to earn the award.
His special project saw him give back to the Scout den where it all started, trimming trees and tidying up the outside of the Allenton den.
Lori Rusbatch from ManiaO-Roto Scouts said Martin had worked hard to achieve the honour.
‘‘As with anything in life, a can do attitude will get you through, and Martin has that can do attitude,’’ Rusbatch said.
‘‘Martin has worked very hard to reach this point in his life, with a very supportive family and some encouraging leaders, and a very understanding employer. Martin is a doer, and he’s always helping other people and is very willing to help his family, his colleagues and his friends.’’
Martin said he was proud to receive the award, and thanked his supportive family for helping him through the challenging but rewarding process.
The last time the Allenton den produced a Queen Scout recipient was in in 1994.
Martin Chambers has been awarded youth Scouting’s top award - the Queen Scout.