TWO local scouts have been awarded prestigious Australian Scout Medallions by the Chief Commissioner of Scouts, Tasmania.
Elliot Coulson, 15, and Thomas Weeding, 13, from Old Beach Scout Group received their awards at the 57th Scout/ Guide regatta at Snug last month.
The Australian Scout Medallion is the highest award in the scout section and is achieved by only the top five per cent of scouts in Australia. These boys are only the second and third scouts from Old Beach Scout Group to have attained this award.
Their journeys toward this award required them to demonstrate active leadership in scouting, including the planning, implementation and review of a three-day hike where they were required to be totally self-sufficient.
After turning 15 years of age Elliot is now able to move on to Venturers while Thomas will remain with the Old Beach Scout Group in the capacity of troop leader.
The scout award scheme provides opportunities for character development and leadership skills for boys and girls aged 11-14 years. Scouts take part in fun activities such as hiking, kayaking and camping. They learn practical, leadership and organisational skills and develop confidence, both as individuals and as part of a team.
Scouting also offers rewarding opportunities for adults so it’s worth considering becoming a leader or adult helper where you can help make a difference in young people’s lives.