Scout's regal honour
IT TOOK three years of hard work, twisted ankles and challenging hikes, but Matthew Osborne's dedication has not been in vain.
The 18-year-old venturer scout was yesterday awarded the Queen's Scouts Award, in recognition of his efforts in his scouting role and within the community.
The award is the highest one can achieve in the scouting realm and is referred to as the pinnacle of scout awards.
Matthew said he was thrilled to be given the award.
"It's a good sense of achievement," he said.
To take out the Queen's Scouts Award is no walk in the park, rather a challenging combination of three-day hikes through rough terrain, hours of community service and success in a broad range of activities.
Assistant regional commissioner group support officer Peter See said Matthew was well-deserving of the recognition.
"He is the eighth person in the Glennie Heights group to get it since 1964, so it's not an easy thing to get," Mr See said.
"It's a combination of at least three years of hard work, but Matthew has been in scouts since he was eight."
Matthew had clocked up more than six overnight hikes and Mr See said he proved he had obtained a lot of skills.
"He is comfortable in the bush and he has been a very good citizen," Mr See said.
Cub scouts leader and Southern Downs Regional Councillor Neil Meiklejohn said it was great to see the youth of Warwick achieving such prestigious awards.
"This is the highest award in all Commonwealth countries," Cr Meiklejohn said.
Matthew said he loved being a part of scouts and all that came with it.
"It's fun and the skills you learn are great and the people and the activities and we actually learn skills most don't realise we do," he said.