Scouting volunteers scoop award
The Scout Association has received a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award in recognition of its fantastic volunteers. The award, which honours the work of 60 national voluntary organisations, was presented at HM Treasury in London last night.
100,000 adult volunteers regularly give up their time so that young people can experience amazing adventures through Scouting. James, 20, a Network member from Cumbria, attended the awards ceremony.
Making a difference
He explained how volunteers make a difference: 'Scouting provides a wealth of opportunities for young people from hiking in the mountains of Scotland to meeting their local MP at party conferences. Yet it is only through the generosity and determination of volunteers that Scouts have been able to do this.
'Scout leaders run activity programmes, weekly meetings, AGMs and international expeditions all in their own time. And it is young Scouts, like myself, that have benefited most from this. The skills I’ve learnt span from leadership and organisation, to more practical things like navigation and first aid. Scouting has prepared me for the future; it has expanded my horizons and driven my sense of determination, which is why I have every intention of volunteering with the Movement in the future.'
Derek Twine, Chief Executive of The Scout Association, said: 'We’re humbled and delighted to receive The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award in recognition of the amazing contribution that our volunteers make to The Scout Association. Put simply, without their efforts over 425,000 Scouts couldn’t enjoy the everyday adventures they experience week in and week out. 2012 was another brilliant year of growth for Scouting and we’d love for more young people and volunteers to join the adventure in 2013.'