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Proud moment: Newly-minted Arrowtown chief scouts, from left, Josh May, Ellie Carter and Eva Hemingway; absent, Jess Cartman

By PHILIP CHANDLER

Four senior Arrowtown scouts received rare chief scout’s awards at a ceremony last week.

For Ellie Carter, Jess Cartman, and Eva Hemingway, all 14, and Josh May, 13, it was the culmination of up to seven years of scouting, with specific work over the past three years to hone their leadership skills and resilience.

The Year 9 Wakatipu High students were helped over two of those three years by former scout leader Lara Fletcher, then by her successor, Eve’s mum, Karen Iremonger.

The quartet completed two memorable adventures, in particular.

The first was the 10-day New Zealand Scout Jamboree at Hamilton’s Mystery Creek last summer holidays, where they learned many new outdoor skills.

Then over the October school holidays they completed their ‘explorer challenge’ — an unassisted trip including 150km of travel using four modes of transport over three days and nights.

They endured miserable weather including snow on the last day and night.

‘‘They made their decision to continue tramping and tenting and persevered and worked as a team,’’ Iremonger says.

They were taken out of Glenorchy by a Nomad Safaris Land Rover after bus services were cancelled.

Arrowtown Scout Group’s building a fine tradition of turning out chief scouts.

Four scouts also achieved the honour four years ago under the leadership of the late Juliet Pope.

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