Five local Scouts aged 11-14 were recognized for their community involvement and personal growth when awarded the Pioneer Cord tonight. Amelie, Olivia, Ruby, Jasper and Lachlan have all spent more than a year working towards the award, which recognizes both Scouting skills learnt such as navigation in the bush and water safety, but also personal growth and character. “The award is a huge step for any Scout,” said Scout Leader Jonas Anderson, “and earning it has required all five Scouts to show substantial maturity and initiative.” Planning their own camps – including organising details such as food and transport – was just one such activity Scouts had to undertake. “These young people are demonstrating a level of independence and self-organisation that many people don’t develop until years later,” said Anderson.
Although the Scouts were excited to receive the award, all were looking forward to new adventures. “Learning to make it all happen ourselves was cool,” says Amelie, 12. “I can’t wait for the rest of the camps we’re going on this year.”