Venturer earns Queen’s award

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Scout Te Anau Group Leader Sue Walker (right) presents Te Anau Venturer Scout Rileigh Lundman with her Queen's Scout Award.

A TE ANAU woman has been awarded with Scouting’s highest youth honour

Venturer Rileigh Lundman (19) was presented the award by Scout group leader Sue Walker earlier this month.

Te Anau Scout group leader Noel Walker said Miss Lundman was the 33rd Te Anau Scout, and the third in her family, to reach the level.

Miss Lundman’s older brothers Thomas and Alex earned their awards in 2016 and 2018.

Miss Lundman said she knew at the age of 9, she wanted to complete the award, which had taken her three years to complete.

Mr Walker said a major part of the award was a four-day tramping expedition with Miss Lundman and her group being delayed first by the February floods and then the Covid-19 lockdown.

She eventually completed a winter trip over the Greenstone-Caples track in July.

Other projects included learning new skills and interests with Miss Lundman taking up football and learning how to dive, undertaking training courses, attending the 10-day National Venturer and extensive community service courses for which Miss Lundman worked as assistant Scout leader for two years.

Mr Walker said Miss Lundman was an outstanding young woman who had shown independence and great determination to complete the award, especially in the wake of Covid-19.

“Rileigh has been an extremely popular and capable member of our group. She has been an outstanding role model for the younger members many of whom will follow her example and complete this award in the years to come,” he said.

Miss Lundman left Te Anau last week to travel to the United Kingdom where she has a job as an au pair for a family living in London.

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