Four achieve chief scout award

SCOUTS FIND SUCCESS: Westown scouts, from left, Kieren Williams, Taylah Williams, Josh Fleming and Jayden Monaghan, received the highest scout award in New Zealand on Wednesday night.
SCOUTS FIND SUCCESS: Westown scouts, from left, Kieren Williams, Taylah Williams, Josh Fleming and Jayden Monaghan, received the highest scout award in New Zealand on Wednesday night.

Four Taranaki scouts have received the organisation's highest accolade, breaking a five-year drought.

Kieren and Taylah Williams, both 15, Josh Fleming, 16, and Jayden Monaghan, 16, of the Westown Scout Group, received the chief scout award at a ceremony on Wednesday night.

The award tests scouts' skills in leadership, initiative and commitment.

The awards were presented by Mayor Andrew Judd, a former scout, and signed off by Governor-General Jerry Mateparae.

Scout leader Mike Williams said it was a rare occurrence to have four members receiving the award at once. "We made quite a special thing of it," he said.

About 130 chief scout awards were handed out in New Zealand each year and Williams said he and the other scout leaders at Westown were proud of the young scouts.

As far as Williams knew, Taylah Williams was the first female to receive the award at the Westown group.

As scouts the recipients had all received the bronze, silver and gold awards and were very capable young people, he said. They could all capable of running a crash scene and helping out with civil defence should it be required.

Taranaki Daily News