High­est Scouting awards for Bay trio

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

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.

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