Scout’s honour

Smithton Scout Callum Somerville had to collect a series of badges, as presented by leader Chris Morgan, before he attained the Queen’s Scout Award, one of only five locals to receive the honour.

Achievement. Smithton teenager Callum Somerville has received the highest honour a scout can achieve, and it is thanks to his ‘give it a go’ attitude.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest youth award achievable in the scouting movement in the Commonwealth realms, where scouts operate under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth II.

To achieve this recognition, Callum had to complete a number of badges in the categories of leadership development, outdoor activities, personal growth and community involvement.

The 18-year-old Smithton Scout is the fifth person ever to receive this award in local scouting history.

Callum has been an active, passionate and dedicated scout since he was 10, says leader Jess Smith.

“He loved scouts so much that he became a youth leader and passed on many of his skills to the younger kids.”

Being a part of scouts has given Callum the opportunity to expand his knowledge and skills in many areas, including developing the skills to complete the strenuous four day trek of Frenchmans Cap in the state’s south west.

“It was pretty awesome,” Callum says of his first day as a scout heading along with new friends he had made at Smithton Primary School upon moving to Circular Head.

“I remember one of the first big things we did was go kayaking on the Duck – that was awesome.”

This was his second day with the local group and already he was experiencing something new. These experiences continued: caving, abseiling, hiking up mountains, to name a mere few.

“One of the first times I went to the snow was through scouts. I made friends across the state and a few across the country doing scouting.”

He says the Queen’s Scout Award is achievable, so long as you remain active in your involvement.

“Each badge has specific tasks to do but nothing is unachievable . . . you’ve just got to give it a go.

“You’re getting out there, you’re doing something and you get to bring your friends along.”

Completing high school last year at Marist Regional College, Callum is now in his first year at University of Wollongong studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in physics, and a Bachelor of Mathematics.

Callum will travel to Hobart later this month to attend a ceremony at Government House where he will receive his certificate from Governor of Tasmania Kate Warner.

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