Gosport Cub’s badge haul a shining example to all children in Scouts

Aaron Hazzard with all of his badges. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142742-476)
Aaron Hazzard with all of his badges. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (142742-476)
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DETERMINED Aaron Hazzard has worked hard to earn every Cub badge possible just weeks before he leaves and becomes a Scout.

The 10-year-old, from Fareham Road, Gosport, has been praised for this tenacity and for going above and beyond.

He now has all 42 badges on his sleeve after climbing, tying knots, playing sport and camping to get himself to the top of the pack.

Aaron, a Year 6 pupil at Bedenham Primary School, said: ‘My left arm is a bit cramped.

‘I worked hard over two years and the Scout group has supported me as much as they could, as well as me using my time to get them.

‘I’m quite proud of my Chief’s Scout Silver, which requires six of the challenge badges but altogether I quite enjoyed doing them all.

‘I like to push myself, I want to bring out the best in all I do. Some of my friends are amazed at how well I’ve done.’

The youngster’s proud mum Karan, 46, said Aaron was set the target of getting all the badges after earning the Chief Scout’s Silver Award – the top award possible for a 
cub.

She said: ‘He gained that quite quickly, so he needed something else to be kept busy.

‘He wanted another challenge, so the Cub group gave him one – to get all of the badges.

‘He nearly completed them all when they brought out five new ones – he has got them too.

‘I’m very proud of him. He’s very competitive and he likes to try new things.’

She praised the adult leaders at 6th Gosport Cubs Scout Group, based in Phoenix Way, Gosport, and said they helped Aaron and the other cubs in the group.

Karan added Aaron had wanted to join the group after seeing his brother Jack, 14, enjoy the many activities there.

Lisa Young, cub leader at the group, said Aaron’s achievements were impressive.

She said: ‘I don’t think there has ever been such a determined Cub.

‘He is always willing to help others and has been an absolute pleasure to have at the 
pack.’

Group scout leader Harley Elkins added Aaron set a good example for his peers.

He said: ‘I’m very pleased to congratulate Aaron on his success in this achievement.

‘His dedication and contribution to the 6th Gosport has been above and beyond at all times.

‘His commitment and tenacity are refreshing to see in one so young which makes him a shining beacon for his peers and a tough act to follow.’

Aaron has also earned high praise from Ian Batchelor, district commissioner.

He said: ‘It’s an amazing achievement that Aaron has been awarded all of the cub 
badges.

‘I must pass on my thanks to his leaders and parents for providing the encouragement and training for him to complete them all.’