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Celebrating Achievement in Scouting

posted 26 Sep 2012, 14:22 by Stephen Harrison   [ updated 21 Aug 2013, 15:09 ]
Young people from beavers, cubs and scouts at 3rd Washington celebrated their acheivements this weekend with scouts from across the county at Durham Scout County's annual awards ceremony. The huge event took place at Durham’s Gala Theatre as 300 young people aged 6-18 were be awarded with the Chief Scouts Award,one of the highest achievements that can be obtained as part of the Scout Associations youth programme. Many Adult Volunteers were also be honoured with awards for long service and for dedication to helping to develop the lives of young people both locally and regionally. Other awards were presented to those who won competitions in the year with each individual coming with their own unique story of challenge and adventure.

Scout Christopher, from Washington who will received his Chief Scout’s Gold Award said,

‘Working towards my Chief Scout’s Gold award, I’ve had the opportunity to experience some awesome activities from abseiling to zorbing, I’ve pushed myself to climb mountains as part of an international adventure, built shelters in the woods and learned some valuable skills.’ He added:

‘I’ve volunteered in the community bringing cheer to the community and I’ve enjoyed developing my leadership skills as a patrol leader in the group. I’ve been a scout since I was 6 and the experience have helped me become more confident as well as making some lifelong friends along the way.’

Adult Volunteer Gemma Younghusband, from Washington said,

‘As an adult leader, it’s such a pleasure to see my cubs receive their Chief Scout’s Award. Over the past two years, they’ve enjoyed some fantastic adventures as part of the pack and their enthusiasm has made me and the rest of the leader team very proud.’

‘Cubs get to experience a different activity every week and it’s great fun coming up with new ideas! My personal highlight was the district Cubs go Capital trip where 50 cubs had the chance to experience the sights and sounds of London.’

As well as the presentation taking place in the Gala Theatre, Durham Scout County some fantastic activities ran for young people to have a go in Millennium Square adjacent to the theatre and the Scout Association’s Mobile Display Unit was also be on hand to inform people how to get involved. Spider Mountain was the definately the highlight in the square.

One of the biggest myths about Scouting is that Groups are closing down due to a lack of young people wanting to become members. Nothing could be further from the truth; Scouting in the UK is a growing movement and we currently have 30,000 young people on our waiting lists simply because we do not have enough adults to help out. Find out more aout volunteering at www.hls-scouts.org.uk
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