Some 100 scouts from Salisbury & South Wilts have celebrated achieving their Top Awards. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network members gathered last week to mark this huge achievement.
Over two evenings, one at Salisbury Guildhall, the other at the Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton, were attended by the recipients’ parents, scout leaders and supporters, as well the Mayor and Mayoress of Salisbury and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Lieutentant General Sir Roderick Cordy-Simpson.
The award holders have received the Chief Scout's Award for their section, a Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Young Leader Award, or the Queen's Scout Award. During the Celebration evenings, older scouts and explorer scouts explained what they had to do to gain their award, and also explained how they have developed themselves along the way.
Rosie and Lindsey, from 2nd Bulford Scouts said to the 150 guests assembled in the Guildhall, “when we started, we were quite shy and didn’t have much confidence-clearly this isn’t the case now!” Thomas, from the Laverstock Larks Explorer Scouts went on to tell the younger award holders “Aim for the Top, keep on trying, and keep on Scouting”.
All of this doesn’t happen on it’s own of course, and both the Mayor and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant not only praised the young people receiving an award, but also the parents, supporters and scout leaders, without whom Scouting simply would not happen. Sir Roderick said “Thank you to the leaders and adult supporters, for all you do to enrich the lives of the scouts in your groups”. Councillor Mike Osment, Mayor of Salisbury, himself a Scouting volunteer leader in Harnham, also congratulated the young people, telling them “Scouting is as relevant now as it was when Lord Baden Powell set up the Scouting Movement over 110 years ago. Be proud of your achievements and look to the future to meet your next challenge with the same enthusiasm.”
Ian Porter, district commissioner for Salisbury and South Wilts Scouts says, “I’m really proud of all the young people who have been recognised this week. I’m proud of all the leaders who give their time, knowledge and experience, without seeking any reward, other than seeing the scouts grow, develop and achieve. Here in Salisbury and South Wilts, Scouting is growing, meaning more and more young people have the chance to make new friends, try new activities and learn essential Skills for Life.”
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