Cas­san­dra Sher­wood

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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.

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