Kaiwaka-Mangawhai Scout Group members Hamish Ferguson, Jade Tornquist and Eliana-Rose Kerrigan were presented their ‘Chief Scout’ awards by retired Scout leader Tony Hargreaves JP, at a ceremony in Kaiwaka.
“Chief Scout is a difficult award to achieve, taking about four years to earn. Skills must be accomplished to a high standard in leadership, camping and tramping, personal development, new experiences and community service,” said leader Jenny Webb.
The trio had to work through bronze, silver and gold awards before they could apply for the Chief Scout Award.
At the ceremony the trio said in a shared speech: “We would not be able to achieve this without the hours of volunteer time given by our leaders, the support of the adults in our group, our parents, other scouts and community members who have helped us along the way.” They credit Jenny Webb with inspiring them. “Being sight impaired hasn’t stopped her teaching us so much in scouting and just because you have a disability, doesn’t mean you can’t get on and achieve whatever you set your mind to.”
“I am so proud of them, they have a great future ahead of them,” said Jenny.
The teenagers next step is to start their own Venturer Scouting group and work towards their Queen’s Scout Award. Presented at Government House, this marks the pinnacle of effort and achievement in the scout movement.