Cassandra Sherwood worked towards her Queens Scout award for four years, and accomplished the task just before her 18th birthday — which is the cut off date to achieve the award.
She began scouting with Broadford Scouts in 2010, and said she was ‘‘proud and relieved’’ to have achieved the Queens Scout award.
‘‘To achieve the Queen Scout award I had to complete tasks from a number of areas including outdoor activities, community involvement, leadership development and personal growth and then the Queen Scout level versions of one task from each area,’’ Cassandra said.
‘‘Each area included a few different requirements, each of which earned me a badge.
‘‘These requirements are diverse, for example for the Expedition badge I planned and ran a hike; for the Leadership badge I attended a course; for the Expression badge I did three pieces of artwork; for Service I volunteered at the Seymour St Vincent de Paul and Tallarook Primary School; and for the Lifestyle badge I competed in open water swimming events and competitively swam for the Seymour Sharks team.
‘‘Most of these are fairly tangible, in that as long as it fits the requirements, it can be any activity you want.
‘‘The aim is to encourage young adults to build their resilience, skills and knowledge and increase their community involvement. This helps them become some of the most valuable individuals in the community.’’
Having been a part of the Scouts for eight years, Cassandra said she loved the endless opportunities that come with scouting.
‘‘There are so many things that you can do within the scouting movement and those opportunities depend on you and your interests,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s a lot of choice in what you do from courses and badge work to travelling internationally.
‘‘Scouts can really be whatever you make it which is great. I also love meeting new people at camps and developing skills that will come in handy in the future.’’
Cassandra’s scouting journey has taken her far and wide, and last year she was a part of the Australian contingent that went to the VCP Bundeslager (German Jamboree).
‘‘It was a daunting experience at first because I was the only Victorian in the contingent but this made it an even more rewarding experience,’’ she said.
‘‘I had the opportunity to hike in the Swiss alps, swim in a glacial lake, visit the Berlin Wall and meet scouts not only from Germany but from all over the world.
‘‘It was incredible talking with these scouts about what scouting is like in their countries and I discovered that each country I spoke with did things differently, for example the Germans don’t have an award scheme and the scouts of Zimbabwe spend the majority of their time doing community service.
‘‘As part of the contingent I got to experience things that are not open to the non-scouting public and made friends from all over the world.’’
As a result of achieving her Queen Scout award, Cassandra has been accepted into the Aspire Program at La Trobe University, which she said will support her on her journey into the workforce.