Broken Bay Joey Scout Chloe McLennan has been named Scout of the Year at Scouts NSW’s annual awards.
Six Scouts from across the state were recognised with Scout of the Year 2022 awards for making an exceptional contribution to Scouts and made a difference in their wider community – one Joey Scout, one Cub Scout, one Scout, one Venturer Scout, and one Rover Scout and a People’s Choice winner.
There were 19 finalists among the six categories.
Chloe won her award for her work towards the No Poverty United Nations Sustainable Development Goal in 2022.
She saw the devastating effects of floods in Lismore on the community and especially on the children who lost all their possessions.
At just eight years of age, Chloe decided to start up a book collection, initially asking family and friends for donations.
On two Saturday mornings she also set up a book drop-off at her Scout Hall.
Chloe then delivered the collected books to We Care Connect.
She been a Joey Scout for over two years after joining Scouts in Year 1 of primary school.
“Scouts is always fun; we always do something different, and I made three new friends,” she said.
Although she started her time with Scouts this year with a broken arm, she still managed to enjoy plenty of activities including Stacking Cups.
“Next year I’m looking forward to going on night bushwalks and camping with the older Cub Scouts,” she said.
Scouts NSW Chief commissioner Neville Tomkins said Chloe and the other “powerhouse young people” had created epic community-based projects and helped changed the world in 2022.
“On behalf of Scouts NSW, I thank all our finalists and congratulate our Scout of the Year award winners,” he said.
“I look forward to them continuing to inspire their Scouting peers and wider communities.”
More details on scouting are available at https://joinscouts.com.au/.
Media release, Nov 28