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A Royal Adventure for 3rd Washington Scouts

posted 25 Apr 2010, 14:00 by Jonathan Chicken   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 15:11 by Stephen Harrison ]
Today was a very special in the history of 3rd Washington Scout Group with two very special people attending the National Queen's Scout Parade at Windsor. John Addington (our Group President and Group Founder) attended Windsor with Marc Keating the first Queen's Scout Award recipient from the group to have been a former Beaver Scout, Cub Scout, Scout, Young Leader and finally adult leader. The National Parade was reviewed by HRH Prince Charles and our Chief Scout, Bear Grylls. 

After Windsor John said, 'Our feet are sore, but we have really had a good time.  Very many, many thanks.  A lot of scouting has passed over the last fifty odd years but today will be one of the highlights that will always be with me.'
John Addington was presented with his Silver Acorn earlier this week by the County Commissioner for Distinguished Services to Scouting over 34 years. Members of the group were present to share the occasion with John.

The citation for John's Acorn read "....He has provided inspirational leadership to generations of adults and young people in his care and has over 34 years' service to scouting. For the majority of this time, he has provided clear and decisive leadership as a Group Scout Leader and received a long service decoration of 30 years to reflect this work. The Scout Group he founded (3rd Washington) began in 1973 from humble beginnings, developing and growing to a group of 160 members at January 2010. John's drive and management style leaves a legacy of a modern, thriving group shortly to open a second Cub section boosting access to scouting to around 150 members. It is his work above and beyond that of his main role that defines his outstanding service; working as an ALT within the County and more recently as an ADC within the district. John has encouraged all within his group to pursue scouting in its widest sense and in recent years at least six adults who knew him as their 'leader' have gone to pursue district and county roles. John's unfaltering support and commitment to these adults often meant a late night conversation of 'common sense' or guidance to steer any difficult situation. A truly remarkable and dedicated man."

3rd Washington Scout Group are very proud of John and Mark. Congratulations and well done!

Stephen Harrison,
25 Aug 2011, 13:15