Super scout: Nyabing’s James Cooper claims Grey Wolf award for Katanning Scout Group

Harry GrigsonGreat Southern Herald
James Cooper received a scout Grey Wolf award.
Camera IconJames Cooper received a scout Grey Wolf award. Credit: Supplied
Mark and Justine Sander, 10, and James Cooper ,10.
Camera IconMark and Justine Sander, 10, and James Cooper ,10. Credit: Supplied

At 10 years old, Cooper became the fourth scout from the Katanning Scout Group in the last 20 years to secure the Grey Wolf award.

The club gathered at Wurgubup Rifle Club to present Cooper with his award on Sunday morning.

The accolade can be claimed after a scout secures three core badges in camping, bush walking and bushcraft and three milestones.

To gain his milestone achievements Cooper had to carry out various challenges to demonstrate his competence.

“I had to do my adventurous journey where I hiked up Bluff Knoll, I learnt to tie knots and lead group activities,” James said.

“My goal was to get the Grey Wolf award because it’s the highest award I can get in my section.

Katanning Scout Group present Cooper with his award.
Camera IconKatanning Scout Group present Cooper with his award. Credit: Supplied
Mark Sander and James Cooper.
Camera IconMark Sander and James Cooper. Credit: Supplied

Cooper has been scouting for four years and said he is looking forward to improving his skills in the future.

“I’m really happy with my award and I have really enjoyed scouting since Joeys in 2019,” he said.

“I enjoy Cubilee the most because of all the activities we get to do.

“It’s a camp where we go to Perth and do a lot of fun things and challenges.

“I’m now aiming for the Australian Scout Medallion which is another level up from the Grey Wolf.”

Cooper said he is appreciative of his parents’ efforts to take him to and from scout training throughout the year.

“I want to thank my Mum and Dad because they have taken me to scouts every week on Tuesdays,” he said.

“Also, all the other scouts have been really good in helping me learn new skills and try new challenges.”

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