Afternoon Tea in Support of Scouts Queensland
Queensland Chief Commissioner, Mr Daryl Scott; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen; girls and boys.
I at once acknowledge the traditional owners of these lands and extend respectful greetings to Elders and emerging leaders.
It is a great pleasure to welcome Scouts Queensland back to Government House this afternoon, particularly as my time as Governor and Chief Scout nears its end.
Over the past seven years, it has been wonderful to meet Scouts and Leaders from around our State, including most recently, those from the Charters Towers Scout Group, which I visited as part of our Regional Government House program.
Each time I have attended the annual Scouts Awards presentation—as I did just over a week ago—I am struck by the dedication and enthusiasm of the awardees.
Indeed, I am always delighted to see how the Scout movement continues to embrace its important foundational traditions, with a steadfast spirit of fun and adventure, regardless of the changes and challenges our world brings.
Resilience is a word we often hear attributed to Scouting.
Yet, somewhat paradoxically, this ability to endure not only takes enormous strength, but also requires tremendous flexibility.
These are the very qualities that have made the Scout movement such a success over so many years, encouraging generations of young people to grow as individuals, as they learn the true power of service.
Since 1908, when the first Patrols formed in Queensland, Scouts have been there to willingly pitch in and help.
Indeed, in August 1914—just eight years after its establishment in this State—100 of the best-trained Scouts were called upon to be ready to assist the military should there be an invasion.
Fortunately, this did not eventuate, but during World War 1, Scouts statewide rendered their services in many other capacities—working at the Red Cross rooms and kitchens, military hospitals, making splints and crutches, and rolling thousands of bandages.
The movement’s long history of participation in community activities—whether times are difficult or celebratory—should make you all very proud.
So too, should your connection with Government House, particularly as over the years the Scouts and Girl Guides have welcomed and fare-welled their fair share of Governors!
This ongoing contribution to vice-regal traditions is much valued.
I would like to thank the young people and their Leaders with us today – from all across the State – for their commitment to the Scout movement.
I also thank the members, supporters and other volunteers, who give so selflessly of their time and effort.
While this will sadly be the last time Kaye and I welcome Scouts to Government House, I take great heart in knowing that you will continue to support the people of this State—as well as one another—into the future. Thank you.