Energetic Ethan is group’s first to get prestigious Chief Scout award

Ethan Hough
Ethan Hough
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YOUNG Ethan Hough certainly has been a busy Beaver.

He is only eight years old, but Ethan has already gained the prestigious Chief Scout bronze award for taking part in dozens of activities.

He is the first Beaver to obtain the award at 1st West Leigh Scout group, which meets in New Lane, Havant.

Beaver Scout leader Lynne Snocken said: ‘He is the first Beaver to do this in the 21 years I have been Beaver Scout leader and I have not heard of any other from another group doing this either.

‘He was very pleased – he had said that he wanted to get all the badges before he went to Cubs and now wishes to do same in cubs. This is a real achievement.’

Ethan, who attends Front Lawn Junior School, passed six challenge badges, trying his hand at archery, sleepovers and numerous Scouting activities.

And he obtained 13 activity badges, which included a visit to Pets at Home to get his animal friend badge, as well as learning about healthy eating.

He got two more badges for taking part in hiking and another for reading 16 out of a series of 23 books when he was seven.

Ethan’s mum Marrie Hough, 33, of St Albans Road, West Leigh, said she was proud.

She said: ‘He told me he wanted to do this. He’s an active boy who likes to go out and learn new skills. It’s good for kids to go out and do traditional things, rather than play computer games. He’s really chuffed.’

Ethan has now moved up to Cubs and is still as busy as ever as he tries to get more badges.

The Scout group has vacancies. For more information call (023) 9245 4153.