Four Lake Macquarie Venturers were presented with their Queen’s Scout Award, on Saturday 11th August at Government House in Sydney. The awards were presented to the Venturers by the Chief Scout and Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General, The Honourable David Hurley.
The ceremony was the 134th Queen’s Scout and the 130th Baden-Powell Awards Presentation to be held at Government House and recognised the achievements of 42 Venturers and two Rovers from across NSW.
To achieve this prestigious award a Venturer Scout must be able to set a goal; plan progress towards that goal; organise their self and others; and maintain the determination to overcome difficulties and complete the task.
They must also have achieved the Venturing Skills Award and complete the requirements in four award areas:
- Adventurous Activities – demonstrates that the Venturer Scout is challenged in initiative, expeditions an outdoor adventures.
- Community Involvement – activities centred on citizenship, community service and caring for the environment.
- Leadership Development – involvement in Unit management and leadership courses and studying different vocations.
- Personal Growth – self development through expressions, ideals, mental pursuits and personal lifestyle.
Completion of the Queen’s Scout Award is a major milestone in a Venturers Scouting journey and carries an outstanding reputation within Scouting and the community.
1st Belmont Venturer – Angus Ellis is the first Venturer to achieve the award in almost 30 years. As part of achieving the award, Angus developed his leadership skills running the rock climbing base at the Australian Jamboree in Sydney in 2017. He gained valuable skills in sailing, cross-country skiing and abseiling, assisting the younger participants. During his three years as a 1st Belmont Venturer, Angus held the position of Unit Chair at Belmont and District Council. Angus also participated in the Australian Venture 2018 in Queensland and sailed around the Whitsundays on the Tall Ship, Solway Lass.
1st Swansea Venturers – Alyssa Collins and Stella Fuller-Simpson are the first female Venturers to achieve the award from the Swansea Unit, with Alyssa being the first Venturer in 26 years to achieve the award at Swansea.
1st Warners Bay Venturer – Alex Morgan, followed in his older brother Nick’s footsteps achieving the award a year after his brother.
Congratulations to all the Hunter and Coastal Venturers who were presented with the Queen’s Scout Award on Saturday and hearty encouragement to those Venturers on the Queen’s Scout journey.