High­est hon­our for Ough

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Hor­sham’s Matt Ough re­ceived the high­est hon­our of the Ven­turer Scout move­ment ear­lier this month when he was pre­sented with the Queen’s Scout Award.

Ough, 17, col­lected the award at Tay­lors Lake Com­mu­nity Hall in front of mem­bers and lead­ers of the Sec­ond Hor­sham Ven­turer Unit, The Arch Ven­turer Unit, fam­ily and friends.

Scouts Vic­to­ria western re­gion com­mis­sioner Ian Lock, Ven­tur­ers western re­gion com­mis­sioner An­drew Hub­bard and Hor­sham Ru­ral City coun­cil­lor John Robin­son were on hand to present the award.

The Queen’s Scout Award is pre­sented to Ven­tur­ers – mem­bers of the Scout­ing move­ment aged 14 to 17 – who have com­pleted 13 Ven­turer Award ac­tiv­i­ties and reached the higher Queen’s Scout Award stan­dard in the ar­eas of lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment, per­sonal growth, out­door ac­tiv­i­ties and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

Ough bal­anced his Scout­ing and stud­ies dur­ing the past three years to achieve the award.

He also ex­tended his area of per­sonal growth be­yond the Queen’s Scout level into the en­deav­our award level, where he con­trib­uted more than 300 ad­di­tional hours.

Ough said achiev­ing the award had been a chal­leng­ing but re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“While the work­load and com­mit­ment of com­bin­ing school and Ven­tur­ers was test­ing at times, I feel like I can achieve any­thing I set out to do in the fu­ture,” he said.

Ough trav­elled to Gov­ern­ment House in Mel­bourne on Satur­day where Gover­nor of Vic­to­ria Linda Des­sau recog­nised this year’s Queen’s Scout Award win­ners.

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