14-year-old Lachlan Slater was awarded the highest honour in scouts the Scout Medallion. It took three years to prepare for and is the highest of its kind. Picture: Jason Hollister
A COMMITMENT made at age 11 has come to fruition for Ulverstone’s Lachlan Slater, now 14.
The Turners Beach Scouts Group Venturer will be awarded the highest Scouts honour, the Scouts Medallion, which is worked towards over three years.
“I’ve seen other people do it and been motivated by them,” he said.
“I’m in Venturers now [the level after Scouts for ages 14-18] so I can just work my way towards my Queen’s Scout [award].
“It’s starting again, but on a lot bigger scale.”
Lachlan undertook the three-year preparation off his own bat, according to his mum, Gill Slater.
“The photo on the front of his passport, he was a little boy when he started,” Ms Slater said.
“It’s spilled over into everyday life into getting organised, getting work done when you’re supposed to, being on time.”
“When we go up to Cradle Mountain for a walk you’ve got in your backpack spare food and equipment because you’re prepared.”
The biggest challenge – and on reflection, the greatest triumph, Lachlan said – was the organisation of a three-day hike in Narawntapu National Park.
“We went from West Head, it was 32 kilometres overall. The leader who was with us was ahead so it was just us four boys,” Lachlan said.
“It was good even though on the second day it was raining a lot so we ended up going to bed at 4 o’clock.
“I have grown up a lot because when I started Scouts I wouldn’t have been able to organise a hike, or I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do that.”
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