Scouts celebrate securing special medallions
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.”
FRIENDSHIP: Olivia Turner and Madison Rhule are the first girls to achieve the Australian Scout Medallion since 2007.