FOR Kaija Pedler, hiking 50km in the Warby ranges, attending the World Jamboree in Japan in 2015 and co-organising Knit for Nepal — where more than 220kg of blankets were sent to remote Nepal after the 2015 earthquakes — were no-brainers.
But now this spirited Venturer has another massive achievement to add to her list.
Standing front and centre at Government House while receiving a Queen’s Scout Award from Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau.
Currently attending the Rivergums District Venturer Unit in Kyabram, Kaija was the first from her district to achieve the award in the last three years.
Only a select few Venturers (aged 14-17) attain this highest achievement each year.
The Queen’s Scout Award represents hundreds of hours of dedicated development in areas including service to the community, leadership, personal growth and outdoor adventure.
The Venturers plan their own Queen’s Scout program, organise friends and family to participate in activities and community service, and exercise exemplary self-discipline to see it through.
Kaija said the journey to achieve her Queen’s Scout Award had been a challenging — but incredibly rewarding — one.
“While the work load and commitment of combining school and Venturers was testing at times, I now feel like I can achieve anything I set out to do in the future,” she said.
Chief Commissioner of Scouts Victoria Brendan Watson reiterated the Queen’s Scout Award is a marker of future success in life.
“It is an extraordinary effort for these already occupied secondary students in their final years at school to achieve their Queen’s Scout at the same time,’’ he said.
“We, the entire Victorian Scouting community, are extremely proud of these Venturers’ success in achieving their Queen’s Scout Award and we hope they enjoy every moment of the celebrations.’’