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Scouting’s positive impact continues to spread throughout the UK.

Scouts save man and furry friend

Three brave Scouts recently rescued a man and his dog from drowning. Scouts Andy, Grace and Angelina heard a pensioner's cries for help after he fell into the Trent and Mersey Canal in Kidsgrove, Newcastle-under-Lyme, while trying to rescue his dog, Poppy.

The three heroes arrived at the scene just in time after working weekly as Young Leaders at 1st Kidsgrove Scout Group's Eagle Cub Pack.

Scout Andy fell into the murky water as he tried to help the pair, but the trio's immediate action proved lifesaving. The 68-year-old man and Poppy are now both safe, and very grateful for the Scouts' help. The only casualty was Andy's mobile phone.

The Eagle Cubs' proud Akela, Ken Finney, called them 'all cracking kids; you couldn't ask for better citizens.' He said, 'We try and do a good turn every day and that's something I instil in them from day one.'

Citizen of the Year

James Vickers, a Beaver Leader from Lincolnshire, was recently presented with the Citizen of the Year Award 2012 for his outstanding contribution to his local community. James, 33, leads 4th Kirton's Beaver Scout Colony, also coaches Boston Rugby Club on Sundays.

He is also chair/treasurer and secretary of Frampton Community Playgroup, a charity that provides childcare for children aged 2-4.

James commented on his Scouting role, saying, 'Scouting is incredibly rewarding. To put on so many varied activities for children and see that they love taking part in it is a reward in itself.'

He continues: 'A lot of parents seem to think volunteering means giving up a lot of your time. You don't have to be a full blown leader: you can do an evening or a camp and help with something you enjoy.'

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