Highest Scouting award for Bridget

Bridget Van Velthuizen with Talitha Gibbons.

It’s the highest award you can get in the Scouts arena, and one that Bridget has worked hard to achieve.

 The nineteen year old from Pukekawa received her Queen’s Scout Award earlier in July.
Signed by the Queen, and presented by Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy, Bridget was the first of her Venturers group at the Tuakau Districts Sea Scouts to receive the award.
“It was such a cool experience,” she said. “I had my bronze, silver and gold, so thought, why not go the next step too?”
Honoured with the award, Bridget said it has been great getting to know her community better.
“It’s great to do different things, and see how people are in your community,” she said. “It’s very community-service based which I think is a really good thing.”
As part of the requirements for achieving the award, Bridget helped out with Cubs, the division of Scouts for children aged years four to six.
She also volunteered once a week at a rest home in Pukekohe, chatting and playing games with the residents.
Bridget interviewed prominent people in the community, and met the head of Venturers for Scouts in New Zealand. One of the most challenging things of the award was spending a week as a Kids Leader at YMCA Camp Adair.
“You get to know people through Scouts, and it becomes familiar, so it was difficult to go into something not knowing anyone.” “It definitely brought me out of my comfort zone, and I’m a lot more confident now,” she said. “I’m really glad I did it.”
While she has the top award, Bridget is still keen to help out with the younger groups, thinking about being a leader in Cubs. She hopes that others will also go for the Queen’s Scout award.
“Aim for it, it’s such a cool award.”
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