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A 1st Ballan Cub has done something extremely rare…just in time for his 11th birthday.

Lachlan Bellette has earned all 68 achievement badges in the Australian Cub Scout book.

The Blackwood birthday boy was tested at 5.30pm yesterday (Sunday) on the final badge: International Culture level 2.

Lachlan gets his 69th – and final – achievement badge during a meeting at Caledonian Park, Ballan.

 “This has been done before but it is very rare,” dad Tony said.

“In all the time I’ve been in the Scout movement, I think I’ve only heard of it once – and that was a few years back.”

The Myrniong Primary School student set his mammoth goal three years ago.

“What makes it even more special is that he may be the last Cub ever to do this (in this form), as the badge system is about to change.”

Australian Cubs have 34 different achievement badges – and each has two levels.

Lachlan has managed to scoop the whole lot.

“I think he felt more relieved than anything last night,” Tony said.

“He was happy and smiling.”

“I just want to say though that as a family the yellow (Cub) book hasn’t controlled us. We have controlled it.

“If we go on a holiday, we know there’s a photography badge he can weave into it.

“If we go to the bush, he knows there’s a hiking badge that it can go towards.

“We use the yellow book to support our life.”

Tony said when he saw the kids watching TV or on the iPad, he would remind them of their goals and suggest it was a good time to do some badgework.

Tony is a Cub leader, and all badges were tested externally.

“The second COVID19 lockdown was especially hard. Lachlan had four or so badges to finish and he lost focus a bit.

“Scouting meetings were on screens and all of that slowed him down.”

On top of crossing off every badge in the book, Lachlan also earned the highest award in the Cub section – the Grey Wolf – in February 2020.

He was presented with achievement badge number-68 tonight (Monday) by leader Ben Davie.

Cub meetings are being held outside – and in small separate groups – as lockdown restrictions ease.

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