Nearly 100 children and young people from Buckinghamshire Scouts were awarded the top award for their section at a recent event.
The Beavers (boys and girls aged 6 to 8) had to earn six challenge badges. These are:
- My world.
- My skills.
- My outdoor.
- My adventure.
- A personal challenge.
The Cub Scouts (boys and girls aged 8 to 10) earned the same six challenge badges, but at a higher level, plus they also had to earn a team leader challenge.
The Scouts (boys and girls aged 10 to 14) had to earn nine challenge badges. These additional challenge badges included creative, expedition and team leader.
Beaver Scout Ben said that he had lots of fun at Beavers, he had learnt new things and had enjoyed cooking marshmallows on an open fire and walking in the woods. Cub Scout Rosamund said she liked camping, climbing and earning lots of badges during lockdown when Scouts couldn’t meet face to face.
James Palin, lead volunteer for Buckinghamshire Scouts, said: ‘I’m always in awe of the volunteers who run their sections week after week, arrange interesting and challenging programmes, provide different opportunities and take the children and young people on sleepovers and camps.
We encourage children and young people to take risks in a safe environment.
Thank you to the volunteers for their time and commitment. We use their skills and time and put them to the best possible use.‘
At the event some of the 54 Scouts going to the World Scout Jamboree in Korea in July and August 2023, spoke about their selection events and the events they have been involved with. These have included learning some Korean words and tried to cook some Korean food. They also spoke about how they were raising funds to enable them to attend that will attract 50,000 people from nearly every country in the world.
Adult volunteer, Nigel Taylor said: ‘Scouting is growing across Buckinghamshire, and we are looking for more volunteers to help keep pace with the demand for places. We are looking for people to work with young children from age 4 to teenagers.
We are also looking for people to be a trustee for their local Scout Group or a manager.
Whatever time you can spare, we will find a role for you.‘
If you feel you can volunteer, further information can be found on the Scouts website.
*Source of article : Press release from Buckinghamshire Scouts.