Queen Scout Badge Achievement

On Sunday 1 December, past student Daniel Ratnayake (class of 2012) was presented with his Queen Scout badge at 1st Rowville Scout Hall, having been presented with his certificate the day before by the Governor of Victoria at a ceremony at Government House. There were over 100 people in attendance at the hall, including family, friends and other members and leaders of the scouting fraternity. Interestingly, Daniel’s uncle Anjit spoke about how he too had become a Queen Scout in Sri Lanka in his youth, immediately before that country changed the name of this highly regarded scouting award to the President Scout. In order to achieve this award, Daniel had to prove that he was a Venturer Scout of good character, something that a range of speakers attested to. He also had to complete requirements in leadership development, outdoor activities, personal growth and community involvement. It became apparent during the ceremony that Daniel’s love of serving others is something that is both widely recognised and highly regarded. As part of his progress towards becoming a Queen Scout, Daniel undertook voluntary work with people with disabilities, something that has now lead to paid employment. This also carries on from the six years of support that Daniel provided to the Oakleigh Connection Group program during his time at Salesian College, where he also exhibited a commitment to serving and supporting people less fortunate than himself.

Peter Bermingham