Jake Spinks (centre) is on his way to becoming a future leader, according to St Marys Scout Group group leader Ken Barnes.JAKE Spinks has been inScoutssince he was seven-years-old.
Now 11, Jake can cook for himself, pack his own bags and navigate through the bush, paddle a canoe and is a skilled ab-sailor.
The 1st St Marys Scout Group attendeewas recently awarded the prestigious Grey Wolf Award, the highest award for Cub level scouts, which was presented to him by Anne Thompson, the regional commissioner for Cubs Scoutsfor greater western Sydney.
It was a proud moment for Jake, according to his mother Rachelle Spinks.
“It’s been a long journey for him to get to this point,” she said. “He had already won gold, silver and bronze awards for Cubs level and now the Grey Wolf.
“To win the award you need to be pushed outside your comfort level and really take on some challenging tasks, so we are very proud of him.”
A former girl guide herself, Ms Spinks said Scout Groups taught childrenlife skills they don’t get fromother leisure activities.
“I knew what these groups offer kids, sport seasons come and go but these clubs operate all year round,” she said.
“It tests how people work together, teaches them important life skills and helps to create responsible adults.
“Both of my sons, Jake and (10-year-old) Liam are in St Marys Scout Group and they just love it. They get to go outdoors and experience camping and push themselves.
“There’s more to life than looking at an iPad or kicking a ball around.”
Jake Spinks (centre) receives his Grey Wolf Award.
Ken Barnes, 1stSt Marys Scout Group’s Scoutleader, said the group currently has 29 members and 10 leaders including himself.
The group caters for girls and boys from age 6 to 14 with Joeys, Cubs and Scout level activities run to cater for the appropriate age groups.
The former tennis teacher said becoming a Cub leader in 1990 was “the best thing I’ve ever done”.
“In some overseas countries Scouts groups are run through schools, which shows that a lot of people appreciate what these groups can do for young people,” he said.
“There is so much variety for the kids. We do canoeing, camping, hikes and even some 10 to 15 minute joy-rides in company-owned planes down at Camden.
“The award scheme with the badges allows kids to show others they have gained those skills and we also encourage them to participate in sport and other activities outside of scouts.
“People say that scouts builds family and community, and produces responsible adults and tomorrow’s leaders.”
1st St Marys Scout Group’s hall is located at thecorner of Gabriels Lane andCharles Hackett Drive inSt Marys.
The group holds weekly meetings for each age level and also runs occasionalweekend activities.
For more information, call 1stSt Marys Scout Group Scoutleader Ken Barnes on 0407 432 420.
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