Path to top award ‘interesting journey’

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History was made recently at 1st Gore Scout Group.

Georgia Ayson (15) was presented with her Chief Scout Award by the Murihiku zone scout leader, Ken Collie, of Invercargill.

Georgia is the first scout in the group to achieve this award since it reopened in 2011.

Group leader Anne Fotheringham said this was a huge accolade for the group. “Georgia began as a kea in 2011 and has worked her way diligently through cubs and on to scouts.”

The award required “perseverance, determination and an eager scout to accept the challenge”.

The award was thoroughly well deserved, Mrs Fotheringham said.

Murihiku zone leader Ken Collie said he was honoured to have been invited to the Gore den to present the award.

“I was impressed with Georgia. She was a very enthusiastic young lady.

“As well as passing all her badges and tasks, Georgia had to make an appointment with me providing the portfolio of her scouting life as well as take part in a semi-interview,” Mr Collie said.

“This award is something she can and should put in her CV.”

“It shows future employers that she can and does complete tasks and is a reliable, trustworthy person.”

Georgia said it had been an interesting journey and a great learning curve.

“I have met a lot of new people and made friends from all over Southland.”

She said achieving goals and committing to tasks helped her attitude towards executing a plan and sticking to it.

” I feel as if I have accomplished something special, and am very proud.”