Six mem­bers of Elmira Scout­ing earn Queen’s Ven­turer Awards

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - VERON­ICA REINER

YEARS OF SCOUT­ING AND count­less hours vol­un­teer­ing have paid off for a hand­ful of mem­bers of the 1st Elmira Scouts. Mem­bers of the Ven­tures (15-18 years of age) divi­sion re­ceived the high­est Scout­ing pro­fi­ciency award last month, the Queen’s Ven­turer Award.

The re­quire­ments for the award are lengthy, in­clud­ing a min­i­mum 50 hours of vol­un­teer ser­vice, be­ing cer­ti­fied in a ser­vice skill, and demon­strat­ing lead­er­ship qual­i­ties in a peer en­vi­ron­ment by be­ing ac­tively in­volved with a de­ci­sion-mak­ing body.

“I know, per­son­ally, I’m re­ally proud of all the Ven­tur­ers that got this award,” said Max Camp­bell, one of this year’s re­cip­i­ents. “We did a lot of work to earn it. I know we’ve been part of this group specif­i­cally for four years. It took us four years to get the award.”

“I’m very happy about it,” said Erik Zinke-Spencer, an­other of the re­cip­i­ents. “I’ve been in this or­ga­ni­za­tion since I was about six, since the very first year I could do it. So I sup­pose it just speaks to how long I’ve ac­tu­ally been do­ing this.”

Camp­bell, ZinkeSpencer, Tyler Elg, Liam Han­ley, Cameron McGee, and Cal­lum Knox trav­elled to Queen’s Park in Toronto Oc­to­ber 27 to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious award. It was pre­sented to them by the Chief Jus­tice of On­tario, Ge­orge Strathy.

The group is in­volved with a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity vol­un­teer ef­forts, in­clud­ing the cur­rent Christ­mas tree sales at Gore Park, the Wool­wich Com­mu­nity Ser­vices food drive this past week­end, the Elmira Maple Syrup Fes­ti­val, and ef­forts with the Elmira Le­gion Branch 469.

“I cer­tainly am proud of them,” said Brian Soehner, co-com­mis­sioner for the 1st Elmira Scouts. “An­other re­quire­ment is that they have to learn a skill that would be help­ful to the com­mu­nity. And in this case, that’s first aid. They took their first-aid train­ing two years ago down at the fire hall in St. Ja­cobs. As lead­ers, we try to pro­vide them with the op­por­tu­nity to achieve those items. And these guys have.”

Re­cip­i­ents of the award

are pre­sented with a cloth em­blem by their Ven­turer com­pany and re­ceive a scroll at the re­gion’s an­nual Youth Recog­ni­tion Cer­e­mony, as well as a cer­tifi­cate at a cer­e­mony signed by the Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral.

Many of the 1st Elmira Scouts noted that it is an award that could aid in fu­ture en­deav­ours, such as job ré­sumés, as it demon­strates com­pe­ten­cies and skills that will be of con­sid­er­able use to their com­mu­nity, their com­pany, and them­selves.

An­other re­quire­ment is ver­i­fi­ca­tion from other sources, such as Scout lead­ers, that the re­cip­i­ent has the abil­ity and char­ac­ter to be of sig­nif­i­cant help to the com­mu­nity. Soehner high­lighted the im­por­tance of keep­ing track of one’s ac­com­plish­ments.

“It’s one of those things that re­quires record-keep­ing of what they’ve ac­com­plished,” added Soehner. “I’m sure there is plenty of youth that may de­serve it, but they don’t keep track of their achieve­ments so they can’t sub­mit it for ap­proval.”

[VERON­ICA REINER / THE OB­SERVER]

Elmira Ven­tur­ers Max Camp­bell (left) and Eric Zinke-Spencer, seen here at the Rover den on Ori­ole Park­way, were among the re­cip­i­ents of this years’ Queen’s Ven­turer Awards.

Six Ven­tur­ers of the 1st Elmira Scouts re­ceived the top scout­ing award last month at Queen’s Park in Toronto. From left to right: Tyler Elg, Liam Han­ley, Cameron McGee, Cen­tral Es­carp­ment Coun­cil com­mis­sioner Dean Post, Chief Jus­tice of On­tario Ge­orge Strathy, Erik Zinke-Spencer, Max Camp­bell, Cal­lum Knox, and Rover leader Mon­ica God­dard stand­ing in for Ven­turer leader Brian Soehner.

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