Top award for Te Anau scouts
Hard work, dedication and a spot of ''bush bashing'' through the Takitimu mountains has paid off for two Te Anau lads who received the highest youth award in Scouts New Zealand.
Ben Barrow and Alistair Green, both 18, have been awarded a Queen's Scout Award.
Te Anau Scout Group group leader Noel Walker said the two had worked hard during the past few years to achieve the milestone.
''These two had a quiet determination right from the start.''
''It's a fantastic achievement because these guys have been right through from when they were kids. Everybody knows them, everybody has supported them at some point and it's something for the younger ones (in the club) to aspire to.''
In order to qualify for the award the two had to prove themselves at a number of different tasks including outdoor pursuits, such as the four-day tramp through the Takitimus and community service projects.
Alistair said he was ''very relieved'' to find out he would receive the award.
The outdoorsy teen, who is also a keen runner and cyclist, said he had received other scout awards before, such as chief scout, but this was the most involved.
''It's been hard work and takes a lot of motivation.''
Ben said it was nice to know that with the award they were right up with the top scouts in the country.
''It's pretty good, we've been working towards it.''
He leaves this week for Canada, where he will take up a position at an adventure camp where his skills learnt at scouts would ''definitely'' come in handy, he said.
The Southland Times