Scouts cel­e­brate se­cur­ing spe­cial medal­lions

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

AVID scouts Olivia Turner and Mad­die Rhule are the first fe­males to achieve the Aus­tralian Scout Medal­lion in eight years.

“It’s an award that only a few scouts get and it’s the high­est award in scout­ing,” Olivia said.

“I feel­ing very hon­oured to get it, it’s been a re­ally great jour­ney. I got through it with the help of my dad and my friends.”

The ap­ple doesn’t fall too far from the tree when it comes to the Turn­ers.

Olivia’s father Mar­cel was a scout leader at Kawana for three years, so it seems nat­u­ral that his daugh­ter would fol­low in his foot­steps.

“The girls met at the Kawana Scout Den in 2015 and quickly be­came friends. They both de­cided to work towards their Aus­tralian Scout Medal­lion, or ASM, which is the high­est award in the scout sec­tion,” he said. “Only about 5 per cent of scouts ever achieve this level.”

He said the ASM award was in­tro­duced into scout­ing in 2000, and since then only six scouts at Kawana have achieved it.

“Prior to Mad­die and Olivia re­ceiv­ing this award, it had only ever been re­ceived by one other girl at Kawana, this was in 2007,” he said.

“Scout­ing is great for young peo­ple, it teaches them valu­able new skills and helps them to build their con­fi­dence in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

“They learn how to work in teams (pa­trols) and it em­pow­ers them with knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of the world around them while hav­ing fun and mak­ing new friends.

“It was great to see the two girls go through, they learnt a lot along the way.

“They learnt a great deal of in­de­pen­dence and formed a great friendship.”

Photo: War­ren Ly­nam

FRIENDSHIP: Olivia Turner and Madi­son Rhule are the first girls to achieve the Aus­tralian Scout Medal­lion since 2007.

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