Millbank Scout Venturer Lleyton Peterson received the Queen Scout Award, dedicating several hundred hours of work to attain the highest achievable youth Scouting accolade.
The award was presented by the Governor of Queensland at an official ceremony in August.
Lleyton has been scouting with the local Millbank Scout Group for 13 years.
To achieve the Queen Scout Award Lleyton completed numerous maroon level tapes (badges) to receive his Venturer Award.
This award is a pre-requisite before completing four Queen Scout level tapes for Service, Outdoor, Leadership and Expression.
Lleyton said the Queen Scout Award took him several hundred hours of work to complete over two years.
“Having submitted my Venturer handbook with all the required tapes completed to the satisfaction of my regional commissioner, the handbook was then sent to Queensland Scouting headquarters in Brisbane,” he said.
“The handbook was then ratified by higher-level individuals in the scouting movement.
“Once that was finalised, a letter was sent notifying me of my success in achieving the Queen Scout Award and indicating the date of the formal presentation ceremony in Brisbane.”
Lleyton grew up looking up to the older Venturers and Scout Leaders of whom many had completed the Queen Scout Award.
“I am very proud to have received this award,” he said.
“It is something that I have always wanted to complete going through Scouting.”
“To have achieved this long-term goal is very gratifying, and I hope that I can also provide some inspiration to a younger Scouts looking to distinguish themselves within the movement by achieving this award.”
Receiving this award means Lleyton has joined a select group of individuals over Millbank Scout Group’s history to have successfully completed their Queen Scout.
His name will be added to the honour board hanging in the Millbank Scout den that lists past award recipients.
Lleyton is currently studying engineering in Brisbane, but will return to Bundaberg at the end of September for another presentation ceremony with the Millbank Scout Group at Wyper Park.