Red Deer scouts achieve top honours
By Zachary Cormier
A group of Red Deerians are celebrating after being awarded some of Scouts Canada’s most prestigious awards, the Chief Scout Award and the Queens Venturer Award, during a special ceremony in Edmonton last month.
The annual awards, which are bestowed by the Governor General of Canada — who serves as Scouts Canada’s Patron Scout — recognize outstanding achievements among scouts (ages 11-14) and venturer scouts (ages 14-17) in Alberta and around the country.
Three scouts and three venturer scouts from Red Deer were selected to receive the awards, which were presented to them by The Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta and Terry Grant, Chief Scout of Scouts Canada at a ceremony at Edmonton City Hall.
“Getting the award is one of the highest awards that you can get as a youth and it just meant a lot because it makes you feel like you’ve accomplished more. You’ve put in so much hard work to get the award and it’s almost like you’re being complemented for your hard work and success,” said Jocelyn Mosset, one of the Red Deer Scouts to receive the Queens Venturer Award.
Both the Chief Scout Award and the Queens Venturer Award are the highest proficiency awards that can be achieved by youth members in their respective age groups in Scouts Canada.
“Our leader always said over the last four years, because it took about four years to get it, he said you’ve got to get your Queens Venturer Award. And then in September he really pushed us. So we hammered it out for a couple of months and sent everything away,” said Mosset, 17, about what it took to get the award.
According to Scouts Canada’s web site, in order to earn the Queen’s Venturer Award, a venturer scout must meet a number of criteria including completing a minimum of 50 service hours, being certified in a service skill, and acting as an activity leader at a camp or troupe.
Mosset, who has been involved in scouts for 12 years, said she has really enjoyed being part of the scouting community.
“I like the adventurous activities we get to do. I just like meeting new people and every year it’s not just the same thing. It’s different and there’s new people that join and you make so many new friends,” she said, adding that being recognized by the community that she has put so many hours into was a pretty cool experience.
“It’s almost like another stepping stone in your scouting career and it just feels like a huge achievement because you’re that much closer to getting the next award and you’ve had so much dedication. It just shows how committed you really are.”
She added that being able to meet the Lieutenant Governor was pretty cool as well.
“It was actually almost surreal. You always hear ‘oh the Lieutenant Governor will be there.’ And a lot of us were like ‘okay yeah that’s cool.’ But meeting her was actually pretty surreal. She was so nice and so friendly. She gave us a lot of good laughs.”
Among the other Red Deer Scouts to receive awards at the ceremony were Malcolm Law (Chief Scout Award), Hunter Van Hecke (Queen’s Venturer Award), Patrick Meinders (Chief Scout Award), Colin Davenport (Chief Scout Award) and Brayden Pack (Queen’s Venturer Award).