Queen's Scout leads the way

Young scouts at the Midhirst Scout Group's annual meeting last week received a morale boost accepting their awards from Queen Scout Award recipient Damon Crawford.

Damon earlier this year travelled to Government House in Wellington to receive his Queen's Scout Award from the Governor General. It is the highest youth award in scouts.

"This award is the result of many years dedication, commitment and service. The Midhirst Scout Group is very proud of Damon and his achievements and looks forward to many more successes from the cubs, scouts and venturers," says Venturer leader Theo Van der Lee.

Damon started as a cub then progressed to the scout section before moving up to venturers. As well as completing various requirements of the venturer award levels locally - such as tramping around Mount Taranaki - Damon has attended national events such as the annual canoe school on the Wanganui River, Venture Wellington (a tri-annual event for venturers from New Zealand and overseas) and the Walsh Memorial Flying School (twice). The highlight of the flying school was becoming proficient enough to fly solo for the first time. "During his time as a venturer Damon has given back to the younger members of the scout group as a youth leader in both the cub and scout sections, helping on a weekly basis and at camps."

The top award on the night was the Gold Scout award, which went to Joel Heine and Jared Dodunski. They now have their eyes on the Chief Scout award, which completes the scout programme.

Damon is currently a student at Massey university in Palmerston North.

For those interested in taking up the challenge, there are scout groups in Stratford, Inglewood and Midhirst. For more information call free phone number 0800 SCOUTS.

- Stratford Press

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