A rare Queen Scout hon­our

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ERIN TASKER

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.

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