IT was 12 months of dedication and hard work but 10-year-old Leith Craig has achieved the highest award a Cub Scout can achieve, a Grey Wolf Badge.
Leith is a member of the 2nd Orange Cub Pack and was awarded the badge for his leadership, planning and acquisition of other cub badges.
“I was very excited, I was the first boy in the Orange district,” he said.
Leith was required to undertake many tasks over the year to achieve the Grey Wolf Badge.
Among some of the requirements were to plan and lead a two-hour bushwalk, take part in an overnight camp, plan an activity and complete five lower-level badges.
“When you do these badges you learn, I really like doing it, I find it really enjoyable,” he said.
Second Orange Cub Pack section leader Shane Dollery said Leith was the first boy in the club to achieve the Grey Wolf Badge in recent history.
“It does take a lot of work from the Cubs and lots of support from mums and dad too,” he said.
“There aren’t many 10-year-olds that will put a year’s worth of work into it [achieving the award].”
Mr Dollery said Leith was very shy when he first joined the club but had since blossomed into a confident boy who leads by example.
“He’s a pleasure to have around and he shows genuine leadership,” he said.
Leith’s mother Bronwyn Craig thanked the 2nd Orange Cub Pack leaders for their dedication.
“The club leaders are fantastic ... they’re so committed, it’s like a second job the amount of work they put into it,” she said.
Leith was eight when he became a Cub and said he was looking forward to becoming a Scout when he turns 11 soon.