Rare regal honour bestowed upon Scout
THOUGHOUT the international scouting movement there is no title more prestigious than the Queen's Scout.
It's only bestowed upon older members of the Venturers Scouts who excel in the domain of leadership development, personal growth, outdoor activities and community involvement.
During the past 54 years, only seven member of the Glennie Heights Scout Group have secured the title.
In a few weeks' time, Cameron Darton will become the eighth.
"There are a whole lot of things I needed to get the title," Mr Darton said
"There's 13 different badges that you have to complete and they tested just about every skill you'll need in live."
It took about three and a half years to tick all the boxes but the 18-year-old said it was worth the effort.
"It's the highest award in the Venturer sections, for people that know how much work and effort it takes to complete it, it tells a little bit about what you are capable of."
While the younger divisions of Scouts focus on outdoor activities, the older brigades take a more social approach with members encouraged to volunteer with community groups, local government and the legal system.
"Instead of camping skills, it's more about character development and getting us ready for the real world."
However, there was still quality time in the outdoors.
"My Queen's Scout hike was a four-day trek to Lake Moogerah which is just over Cunningham's Gap, that was about 60km," Mr Darton said.
"In the scheme of things that was pretty tough. We hiked up three of the range's peaks."
Mr Darton was notified a week ago he had secured the title but it will be some time before it is officially presented.
He said Scouting was a great initiative. "Give it a try, see if you enjoy it, and if you do it'll give you a lot of learning experiences," he said.