BURLINGTON, June 1, 2003 - 14-year-old Scout Jeffrey D. has become only the 15th Scout in the history of the 15th Burlington Scout Troop to earn the Chief Scout's Award. Also receiving the award is 13-year-old Scout Scott H. who is the first Scout in his Troop, 10th Burlington, to earn the honour since its introduction in 1973. The awards will be presented as part of a special ceremony in Mississauga on June 1st, where the youth will receive from Scouts Canada's Council Commissioner a certificate signed by the Governor General, the Chief Scout of Canada.
For Jeffrey, a student at Lord Elgin High School, and Scott, a C.H. Norton student, the recognition caps off four years of hard work that went towards earning the award. A holder of the Chief Scout's Award has earned the highest achievement level of the Scout program, the Pathfinder Award. In addition, there are several more tasks to be accomplished before this final step is acknowledged. By the time a Scout is ready to qualify for the Chief Scout's Award, they have performed over 30 hours of service in the community, many of it self-directed. They have met with a local service agency and together have discussed plans for future improvements in the community. Additional work on the World Conservation Badge exposes a Chief Scout Candidate to the many environmental issues of today. Jeff's service work included spending 2 years as leader with 15th Burlington's Wolf Cub Pack and Beaver Colony, working with 5-10 year old youth. Scott's service time included work with the youth groups at Tansley United Church, where Scott also earned his Religion In Life Award.
In addition to the community and conservation work, the pair have amassed more than 100 kilometers in hiking and canoeing camps, and traveled to Prince Edward Island for the Canadian Scout Jamboree in July 2001. These Scouts have also spent time as trainers, helping their fellow Scouts work on their own badge levels. Jeff is currently Chair of the Troop Court of Honour and both Jeff and Scott are senior Patrol Leaders. Both youths plan to move on to the East Burlington Venturer Company in the fall, which is the next level in Scouting.
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