Highest Scouting awards for Bay trio
ThreeHawke’s Bay Scouts— two from HavelockNorth— have achieved SCOUTS New Zealand’s most prestigious award, the Queen’s Scout Award.
Lachie Huddleston and Adam Colman from Havelock North ScoutGroup and Michael Jeffery from Waipukurau Scout Group have had to demonstrate four years of commitment and hard work in areas such as community, selfdevelopment, outdoors and new experiences.
Adam and Michaelwere recently presented with their certificates, which are all signed personally by the Queen, from Chief Scout and Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae atWellington’s Government House.
Adam, 19, from the Havelock North Scout Group joined Scouting at six as aKea Scout. For 13 years Adam has moved up the ranks, earning his Chief Scout’s Award in 2011, Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’sAwards and earned his ScoutWings in 2015 for competently flying a plane solo. He is continuing with Scouting as a Rover Scout (ages 18-26) inWellington while attending university.
“I’d like to thank all the leaders who have helpedme along this journey to completing the Queen’s Scout Award,” saysAdam. “It has been an amazing 13 years, one I would love to relive again. Iwould recommend Scouting to any youth out there who want to find a sense of purpose, grow themselves into better people and leave a positive impact on other peoples’ lives.”
Lachie Huddleston, 19, from HavelockNorth ScoutGroup joined as a Cub Scout and moved up the sections, gaining his Chief Scout’sAward in 2011 and Scout Wings in 2014. Lachiewas also a past Chair of the Hastings Youth Council.
“The Queen’s Scout Award is the most challenging, but most rewarding experience that I have ever completed” says Lachie. “I’ve had opportunities to participate in amazing and unique experiences including tramping in the high country, servingmy community on the Hastings Youth Council andmy highlight, flying solo at the Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School.”
“I have learnt new skills and discoveredmyself, while making new lifelong friends along the way. Imust now live up to the high standards of aQueen’s Scout in everything that I do.”
SCOUTS New Zealand is the country’s largest mixed youth organisation, offering six to 26 year olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, a chance to help others and have a positive impact on their communities. Phone 0800 SCOUTS or visit www.scouts.org.nz
PROUD DAY: Queen’s Scout Award recipients Adam Colman from Havelock North Scout Group, left, andMichael Jeffery from theWaipukurau Scout Group.