An Oamaru Venturer has become only the second person from North Otago in the last 25 years to receive Scouting New Zealand’s highest accolade.
Logan Bruggeman (18), from the Columba Scout group, was presented with a Queen’s Scout Award at a special award ceremony in front of friends, family and his troop at the Columba den in Oamaru recently.
When first introduced more than 100 years ago, the award required demonstrated proficiency in standardised scout craft and skills useful for service to others and the nation.
The present requirements differ from country to country . They focus on personal development and typically involve achieving challenges from several areas, such as community involvement, adventurous activities, personal growth and leadership development.
Logan, who has been involved with Scouting since he started out with cubs about 10 years ago, said the award was the culmination of years of hard work.
“The award itself took about two and a-half years to complete. It basically builds your character and who you are.
“Even in the likes of Dunedin, you don’t see too many getting it. It’s a very hard award to get, based on the dedication you need to get it.
“It feels like I’ve just beaten Scouts. You can get the Chief Scout Award, which is the highest you can get, but when you get the Queen’s Scout Award, it’s like you’ve won and that’s it.”
Logan received a pin badge and will travel to Wellington next year to be presented with a certificate by the Governor-General.
He said the most enjoyable part of Scouting was being able to pass on the knowledge he had gained over the past decade to younger Scouts.
He planned to continue his commitment to Scouts and hoped to become a leader next year.