Former 1st Wirrabara Cub and Scout Emily Woolford recently received the Venturer’s Queen Scout Award in Adelaide.
Eighteen Venturer’s from South Australia received the award from the Governor of South Australia His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le and the Chief Scout Commissioner Harry Long.
Emily began her scouting life with the 1st Wirrabara Scout group as a Cub and then moved to Scouts. When she became too old for Scouts, she transferred to Lone Venturer’s as there was no local group nearby. As a Lone Venturer, Emily said it is much more difficult to stay focused at times as there are no weekly group meetings to attend, and in fact, she hadn’t even met some of the Venturer’s in her group as they are spread throughout South Australia.
Emily said that being a scout is fun and teaches you many things that are useful in life, particularly if you like the outdoors and camping, although she is not a big fan of hiking.
“Through Scouts I have meet many people and made friendships from all over the world. Scouts has also given me the opportunity to participate in activities that I may never have experienced such as gliding, camping in the snow and the opportunity to travel to Jamborees not only in Australia but overseas,” she said. The award is seen as an outstanding achievement requiring 13 different challenges to be met in the areas of leadership, outdoor activities, personal growth and community involvement.
The award can also assist SACE students with up to 50 SACE points being awarded.