The most recent County Awards presentation evening saw the turn of Explorers who have earned their Chief Scout Platinum and Duke of Edinburgh Bronze and Silver Awards.
Presenting the awards, Dean Smith, Regional Commissioner told the Explorers that “Scouting is for life. There will be things you have done to get this award that you will still be doing decades from now. I am very proud to be presenting you with your awards”
As each stepped forward to receive their award a summary of the activities each had undertaken was read out. The enthusiasm and commitment of all the award holders to their chosen interest was clear for all to see.
On receiving her Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award, Louise Burton(Icarus ESU) said “The best bit was working with people I wouldn’t usually get to, especially the gifted and talented children”
While Eddie Barker (4th Pacesetter ESU)felt the expedition of his Platinum Chief Scout Award was adventurous. “We had never been to the area we did our expedition in. It was really fun. I developed my map reading and teamwork skills”
Byron Chatburn, County Commissioner, commented on the “amazing range of skills and abilities” that all those receiving their awards had demonstrated. He congratulated them all on their achievements. He also passed on his thanks for the support of the leaders for the young people present “Thank you and well done to you, the leaders. Their achievement reflects on you and the other 2000 adults involved in Leicestershire Scouting.
Speaking to some of the awardees it was clear that all had gained much from their experiences. Jacob Jenkinson (Inclined ESU) gained his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award “I developed many skills including teamwork, organisation, time management and planning. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the award.” While Platinum Award holder Daniel Wells (4th Pacesetter ESU)
Said “ I learnt leadership skills and how to plan exciting programmes for Cubs”.