Emily's a wolf in Cub Scouts' clothing after earning highest honour

LEADER OF THE PACK: Ten-year-old Lone Scout Emily Spargo with the staff she made for a Cub Scout game. Emily has received her grey wolf badge, the highest honour in Cub Scouts. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI                                              0525emily1

LEADER OF THE PACK: Ten-year-old Lone Scout Emily Spargo with the staff she made for a Cub Scout game. Emily has received her grey wolf badge, the highest honour in Cub Scouts. Photo: DANIELLE CETINSKI 0525emily1

ONE of Orange’s Cub Scouts has achieved the highest award possible, the grey wolf.

Ten-year-old Emily Spargo received her badge from Golden West Region commissioner Shane Dollery during a presentation at Elephant Park on Sunday, following a three-year effort.

Emily was, until recently, part of the 2nd Orange Scout group and is now a member of Lone Scouts.

“I like getting to hang out with my friends and have a good time,” she said of the Cub Scouts experience.

Cub Scouts need to demonstrate leadership to receive the grey wolf badge, including participating in outdoor activities and pack councils, achieving certain achievement badges and producing a resource for the pack.

So far, Emily has 27 badges to her name and to achieve the grey wolf, she participated in the grey wolf hike to demonstrate her ability to navigate from Shiralee Road to Gosling Creek.

She also represented the Golden West Region at the NSW fifth Cuboree Pack Council meeting where particpants discussed the future of Cub Scouts in NSW.

But the final hurdle was making a hand-carved staff with a wolf’s head to use in a Cub Scouts game - the project came together in a week, with the help of her father.

“I’m really proud,” she said of the result.

In receiving the badge, Emily followed in the steps of her older sister, Julia, and hoped to be recognised on the 2nd Orange honour roll as a former member.

“I wanted to do it from the start, but Julia just gave me the push of encouragement,” she said.

In attendance at Sunday’s presentation included members of the 2nd and 3rd Orange Scouts groups, as well as the Wellington Scouts group and Emily’s family. 

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