Thursday, September 14, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Two Young Scouts Awarded

A special parade was held at the Scoutfest activities to present Leadership Awards to two members of the Adventurous Activities Team in Hibiscus Coast District.

Alex Cinelli, who is an abseiling specialist, was presented with her Woodbadge half way down the 10 metres abseiling tower at Rowallan Park by fellow abseiling team member Brendan Ross.

Alex was also presented with a Meritorious Award which was announced on World Scout Day on August 1.

It is Awarded to Adult Members and Supporters for service of a higher standard and intensity than reasonably expected for a period of six to eight years.

Alex joined scouting as a youth member and has continued her push for success in her current Scouting role as a District Leader Adventurous Activities committed to getting youth members and adults out into the outdoors and enjoying adventurous activity pursuits.

For her Woodbadge Project, Alex continued her personal leadership journey leading a team to prepare Best Practice Guidelines for adventurous activities organised in this district.

Alex is currently driving an increase in interest within the Scouting community to work with and grow the 21 Degrees South Multisport Association relationship in Mackay.

During her study years, Alex was also able to participate in an overseas teaching trip to an island community and, prior to the trip, Alex was involved in a drive to gather up resources to support the island schools she visited.

The Special Service Award is awarded to Adult Members and Supporters who have made a noteworthy contribution to supporting, developing and managing the movement over a period of at least 12 months, and was recently awarded to Matthew Vella.

Matthew joined scouting as a youth member in Scouts, however, has really come into his own in Rover Scouts where he has readily demonstrated leadership and outdoors skills well beyond that expected of youth members.

Matthew is both an active member of the Rover Scout community working towards his peak award whilst also excelling personally in OAS areas of bushwalking and paddling.

He is assisting with the weekly Scout section nights and is also an integral part of the Adventurous Activities team in Hibiscus Coast District.

His passion for the bushwalking and paddling areas has resulted in an increase in activities able to be delivered for the youth in the district along with a reduced reliance on the small number of qualified leaders in this area.

Contributed by Mary Wallace

Brendan Ross abseiling down the tower with Alex Cinelli

L-R DC Katrina Hoare, Matthew Vella, Alex Cinelli, Brendan Ross and Joanne Hamilton. Photos supplied

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