PRESENTATION: Queen's Scout Award recipient Josh Crawley.
PRESENTATION: Queen's Scout Award recipient Josh Crawley. Contributed

Personal growth leads to royal award

JOSH Crawley has gone from a shy child to a confident young man.

The transformation occurred over the five years since he became a Scout in 2014 with the Pioneer Valley Scout Group. He has now gone on to achieve the highest award in the Venturer Scout section, the Queen's Scout Award.

District leader community relations for the Hibiscus Coast District, Mary Wallace, said Josh had worked tirelessly to get the award.

"Firstly, you must be a Venturer Scout, and then gain the Venturer Skills Award. You must then complete the four awards areas - which requires not less than 30 hours each - community involvement, outdoor activities, personal growth and leadership development,” Mrs Wallace said.

"Once completed the processes of approving the award from group level, district level with a personal interview with the district commissioner, and then to Queensland branch for final approval.”

As a part of his community service Josh volunteered at the Driver Reviver Rest Area at Waverley Creek. He enjoyed the outdoors and took part in numerous camps and expeditions.

The ceremony at Banksia Scout Den, Fernleigh Avenue, Andergrove was attended by Josh's family, fellow scouting members and leaders along with region commissioner Dougal McWhinney and district commissioner, Katrina Hoare.

Venturer Scout leader Joann Brzozowski said Josh was reliable and willing to help others and was often first to arrive and last to leave activities.

PRESENTATION: Josh Crawley cutting his celebration cake.
PRESENTATION: Josh Crawley cutting his celebration cake. Contributed

Region Commissioner Dougal McWhinney presented the Queen's Scout Badge to Josh's parents Scott and Jenny Crawley for them to pin on his uniform.

Josh said the highlights of his scouting have been attending the many expeditions and Central Coast Venture Camps as well as the Australian Scout Jamboree in 2016. Josh said that he has learned many new skills and he has gained much more confidence by taking part in the many scouting activities over the years.