Scouts’ pride as youngsters collect sought-after awards

HANDS-ON LEARNING Scouts completing an activity to gain an award
HANDS-ON LEARNING Scouts completing an activity to gain an award
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A GROUP of Scouts has celebrated a year of personal achievements during a Chief Scout Awards evening.

The evening, held at Springfield School in Drayton, saw over 80 young people receive awards for a variety of work, from collecting badges to taking part in the leadership of Scout groups.

Dan Hickin, volunteer city manager for Portsmouth Scouts, said: ‘The Chief Scout Awards are the top awards for young people in Scouting.

‘By getting these awards, our members have shown that they are taking part in a range of activities, learning about their community and world, and have understood the promise they made when joining.

‘I am very proud of everyone who gains these awards and they should be proud of themselves as well.

‘As a movement, it is important for us to congratulate people who take part fully in our activities and this is the ideal way of doing it.’

Chief Scout Bear Grylls, whose name is carried by the awards, said: ‘Every child has a right to have an adventure.

‘Life is about grabbing opportunities. The prizes don’t always go to the biggest, the best and strongest – they go to those who persevere.

‘These are simple life lessons that Scouting teaches people and every person who gained this award is a perfect example of great Scouting.’

Portsmouth Lord Mayor, Councillor Frank Jonas, presented the awards.

He said: ‘At this event, we’ve been able to thank all of the young people for their hard work. However, we should also thank all those volunteers who have provided their time.

‘It’s their dedication that brings the young people to the movement so they can come along on each evening, enjoy it and gain these awards.’

The awards are given to young people who complete challenges including service to their community, going on an outdoor expedition, learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

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