Two members of Oamaru’s Scotts Own Sea Scouts can proudly say they are at the top of the pack.
Olivia Orr (16) and Brooke Sim (14) were recently presented with Chief Scout Awards, the second-highest award that can be obtained from Scouts New Zealand.
Both were presented with a badge and certificate, signed by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.
Achieving the accolade is no easy task.
First, a scout must earn a bronze, silver and gold award before they can move on to the Chief Scout Award and eventually the Queen’s Scout Award – the highest honour in scouts.
Brooke, a fifth-year sea scout, said to earn the award, she and Olivia had to complete several challenges around leadership, scoutcraft, planning, community service, physical fitness and health.
The final challenge involved them having to complete a journey around the Waitaki district.
“We did a 150km journey, using three modes of transport,” she said.
“We sailed, biked and were in a car. We went to Omarama and biked from Omarama to Otematata, and we sailed from Gravel Pit to Parsons Rock and drove to Duntroon, and biked to Elephant Rocks.”
Both were excited to receive the award and now hoped to earn a Queen’s Scout Award.
Olivia, in her eighth year as a sea scout, said she was proud of what she had achieved.
“It was pretty good. It felt like I had achieved something really good.”
Scouts Own Sea Scouts group leader Quintin Orr said earning the award was relatively rare, and was considered a high achievement within scouts.
“It’s only a limited amount of scouts that can put the effort in and go and get it,” Mr Orr said.
“It’s a big effort on their behalf to go and achieve it.”