Alexandra scout Natalya Tetlow (17) has been presented with the Queen’s Scout Award.
The Governor-General, Patsy Reddy, presented Natalya with the award at a ceremony at Otago Girls’ High School.
Mother Helen-Louise Tetlow, who also was a scout leader, said the Queen’s Scout Award was the highest award a youth member could receive.
“This is only the second time in 25 years that an Alexandra scout member has achieved this award,” Mrs Tetlow said.
Organising tramping camps, teaching younger venturers and being the Central Lakes representative for the regional venturer committee were some of the activities that Natalya found rewarding.
“I’ve enjoyed being able to meet different types of people, and put in situations where I can teach,” she said.
The Queen’s Scout Award was given to scouts who achieved challenges in personal development, community involvement, adventurous activities and leadership.
Natalya would put those skills to good use studying for a bachelor of social work at the University of Otago next year.
“I’m looking forward to going to university, even if my mum doesn’t!” Natalya said.