Horsham Scout receives top honour

HORSHAM 2nd Scouts rover and assistant joey leader Jessica O’Donnell has won the highest honour for a youth Scout, the Queen’s Award.

Ms O’Donnell, aged 18, is the first Scout in the Wimmera to receive the award in 18 years.

To win the Queen’s Award, Scouts must be awarded 17 badges within three years.

The Scout must be able to set a goal, plan and organise themselves and others, and maintain the determination to overcome difficulties.

Ms O’Donnell, who has been a Scout for five years, said she felt happy and honoured to receive the award.

“You get a badge, a plaque and you get to go to the governor’s mansion in Melbourne to receive a certificate,” she said.

“I haven’t been yet. It’s scheduled for October.”

Badges awarded to her this year included outdoors, leadership, service, citizenship, rock climbing and first aid.

Ms O’Donnell said her time as a youth Scout had finished but she wanted to stay on and become a leader.

Her mother Kim said she was proud as it had been a lot of work for her daughter.

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