Shepparton teen Caitlyn Hay's community work has been rewarded with the Australian Scout Medallion.JENNA BISHOP May 6, 2014 3:14am
A Shepparton girl has been recognised for her dedication and community service after being awarded the highest Scout medal, the Australian Scout Medallion.
Caitlyn Hay received the pinnacle award at a special ceremony in Melbourne on Saturday and is only the third Scout from her group to receive the accolade.
Caitlyn, 15, said plenty of blood, sweat and tears had gone into achieving the medal, which took five years of Scout training to complete.
She said friendship and teamwork helped her achieve the medallion.
‘‘When you feel you can’t do it, you get a boost of confidence from other people telling you that you can do it,’’ she said.
The Wanganui Park Secondary College Year 9 student is part of First North Shepp Scout Group.
Caitlyn said she had learned plenty of skills at Scouts, including survival, organisation and leadership abilities.
‘‘It teaches you things about yourself that you didn’t know before. When I started, I was quiet and shy and now I’m the loudest person there,’’ she said.
Caitlyn said she loved Scouts because it got her outside having fun with other people.
‘‘It’s much better than sitting inside,’’ she said.
Caitlyn said she hoped to go to Japan to the World Scout Jamboree next year.
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