FREYA Fogliani knows full well that being awarded a Queen's Scout Badge is no easy feat.
After all, the honour is one of the most recognised and prestigious Scouting awards in the world.
It is only bestowed on Scouts who have an excellent character, proven leadership skills and an active involvement in the community.
But on Saturday the Bendigo teen and member of the Eaglehawk Scout Troops was presented with such a badge, which she said she was thrilled to receive.
"The Queen Scout Badge is one of the most acclaimed badges," Ms Fogliani said.
"I had to complete 17 badges first, learn first aid and demonstrate leadership skills in the Cub Scouts."
She also led a hike from Mount Alexander to Bendigo in October, which involved mapping out the route her group would take, determining what supplies they would need and organising where the group would camp for two nights.
"It's fun, challenging and gets you out of your comfort zone," Ms Fogliani said of her involvement in the Scouts.
"You also make a lot of friendships.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
She said once she completed her year 12 studies at Bendigo Senior Secondary College this year, she would train to be a Cub Scout leader.
Ms Fogliani will be formally presented with an award signed by the Queen by Victorian Governor Alex Chernov later in the year.