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A scout's honour fit for the queen

Caboolture Scout Group's Alex Colvin has been awarded the highest honour he can receive.
Caboolture Scout Group's Alex Colvin has been awarded the highest honour he can receive. Contributed

ALEX Colvin has been working towards this moment for most of his life.

The 16-year-old received the Queen's Scout Award, which is the highest honour a venturer scout can receive, on Saturday night.

It might not sound like a long time, but Alex has been a scout since he was six, which is almost three times longer than the average person stays in a job, according to Forbes magazine.

"For me it's sort of the epitome of my scouting career, it's all been building up to that award,” Alex said.

"It was kind of like an early present, because they told me five days before Christmas.

"Being a Queen's Scout is the only publicly recognised award you can achieve in scouting ... they say being a Queen's Scout can be the difference between getting a job and not getting a job.”

The Caboolture Scout Group also recognised two joey scouts with Promise Challenge Badges and three cub scouts with Grey Wolf Awards.

It was a unique ceremony because normally Queen's Scouts have their own separate presentation, but Alex said he'd much rather enjoy the ceremony with others.

"In the past in the Queen's Scout ceremony is just that, but I think it's better to have it the way we did as a group celebration,” he said.

"It's just a time to gather and acknowledge the efforts of the youth members and their badge work.

"I think it's also very good for the other youth members to see that, to see the recognition and it inspires them to say, 'oh Billy did that, maybe I could do that'.”

Alex has no intention of resting on his laurels as he pushes for the Endeavour Award, which he plans to achieve through 80 hours of bush walking.

He said his time in scouts had put him in good stead for his adult life.

"I've definitively learnt a lot,” he said.

"How to be a leader is definitely something that is a reoccurring theme as I've gone along.

"It's full of skills that are easily transferable into workplace and everyday life as a proactive person.”


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