It was a moment in Scouts history when First Wingham Scouts cub Rory Byrne was presented with the Symphony of the Earth badge by Dr Jim Frazier, OAM.
The badge is the first of its kind to be presented to a member of the Scouts organisation anywhere in the world, and symbolises the beginning of the spread of the badge to Scouts further afield.
Dr Frazier, founder of Symphony of the Earth, asked Cub leader Kerry Guppy (known as ‘Kaa’ to her cubs), to pick someone special to be rewarded with the first badge.
Kerry chose Rory Byrne, one of the cubs who wrote the story on the badge program printed in the March 29 issue of the Wingham Chronicle.
Kerry chose Rory for a comment he wrote in the story stating that he was upset that rare animals were dying.
“He seemed to be pretty touched by the night. He seemed to get it,” Kerry said.
Dr Frazier was, in turn, touched by Rory.
“I told him ‘you’re the very first person in the world to get the Symphony of the Earth badge’. He was so chuffed!” Dr Frazier said.
Kerry had the first lot of 100 badges made in Singapore. The batch are set to become a collectors item as Kerry says the next batch of badges will be slightly different in the materials used.