Celebrating achievements in Croydon

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I was lucky enough to join Croydon District for their ‘District Awards Night’ - and hear the exploits of Christina and Lewis, Explorer Scouts who had been on an Alpine Adventure at Kandersteg with their Pinewood Seahorses ESU. Pinewood are a newly formed District ESU and already have 35 members!

Saying thank you

Their Leaders were winners of one of several awards presented to recognise the achievements of volunteers and their teams across the District during the year. With a party beforehand, it was also an opportunity to recognise the fantastic contribution of all the volunteers in Croydon, a District which is really making a difference.

I had been asked to suggest the criteria for a new award this year and opted for ‘the individual who made the greatest contribution to Scouting in Croydon’. For me, whilst it is true that we only succeed when we work in partnership with others and together effectively, every team needs its Leader or ‘spark’ – not always the person at the front either.

And the winners are.....

The winners of the inaugural trophy, Liam and Pat Campbell, proved that emphatically. Their Group, 2nd Croydon, won the Development Award, acknowledging that the whole leadership team had played their part in taking the Group forward over the past few years.

When Liam and Pat took over as GSL and AGSL in October 2007, the Group was struggling with 26 members. Today they have over 100 and are growing rapidly having 'put in place a very honest and open Group development plan and changed the way the Group functioned'. 

Although the first few months were difficult in changing attitudes they have gone from strength to strength, and not just with increasing numbers.

A gem of an idea

Started last year, the Awards evening is the idea of DC Steve French who wanted to recognise the achievements of all leaders within the District and to share information on what is happening – certainly a big success.

It's also an opportunity to meet with local Councillors and to discuss ways in which we can work closer together, especially in these challenging financial times for the Local Authorities. No surprises that Steve is already on the case and had recently briefed the Council on where we are are and where we are going - a real eye opener for them by all accounts.

Well done Croydon and a big thank you from the young people of the Borough

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