A rewarding year for 5th-8th Kendal

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A rewarding year for 5th-8th Kendal

9 June 2018

5th/8th Kendal celebrate a rewarding year!

“What an amazing year we have all had!” so Michael Ryan of 5th/8th Kendal Scout Group told young scouts, leaders and family and friends assembled at their annual Group Council last week.  The evening was a celebration of scouting successes over the last twelve months, as well as the chance to welcome new young people into the group.

Welcome to Beavers!

Several of the young people present were awarded their Chief Scout’s Award.  Young people in Scouting start their journey to gaining skills for life with the Bronze Award in Beaver Scouts, the Silver Award in Cub Scouts, and the Gold Award in Scouts.  Leaders from each section presented one Bronze, seven Silver, and one Gold award, each award marking the culmination of several years of hard work, fun and adventure for the recipients.

After the leaders told the assembly about the great year that each section in the group had had, Michael Ryan, deputising for County Commissioner Eddie Ward, presented Leon Bisland with a Commissioners Commendation for providing exceptional support to his family at a time of difficulty.

But there was one more award to come!  Last year, when out on a trip to the swimming baths, Scout Bella Hubbard was the first person to react when a toddler ran away from parents and jumped into deep water.  Bella rapidly acted, dived in, and rescued the sinking toddler before anyone else moved.

Well done Bella!

Already honoured with a Commissioners Commendation, Bella was nominated for and now received the prestigious Chief Scout’s Commendation for Meritorious Conduct.  This rare honour recognises the outstanding bravery and skill that Bella demonstrated in saving the life of the young child at the pool that day.  After the presentation, her father, Cub Scout leader Toby Hubbard said “Both Bella’s mum and I are very proud of what she did.  She is an amazing young lady!”  After watching the presentation, Assistant County Commissioner Matt Sanderson said “Bella’s actions are an example to us all.  By being always aware of what is going on around us and remembering the life skills that we learn in Scouting, all of us have the potential to help someone just as Bella did”.

Although he couldn’t attend to present the medal in person, Chief Scout Bear Grylls has sent a personal letter to Bella, and afterwards sent this message to 5th/8th Kendal Scout Group “Every child has the right to an adventure. Life is about grabbing opportunities. The prizes don’t always go to the biggest, the best and the strongest – they go to those who persevere. These are simple life lessons that Scouting teaches.  I want the public to know how Scouting continues to open young people’s eyes to a world of extraordinary promise and possibilities.”

B. R. A. V. O. Well done everyone!