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Wayne reflects on a truly inspiring group of Scouts, and how he was taken to task over the badges on his uniform, or lack of!

Exceptional people

Every year around St George’s Day we focus celebrations on the achievements of our Queen’s Scouts at Windsor (pictured – courtesy of Nottinghamshire CC,  Matt Rooney); quite rightly as we have an amazing 25% more this year, 657 in total. But there was another group of truly inspirational Scouts of all ages at Windsor this weekend; those whose exceptional acts of courage, bravery and character have been recognised with an award for bravery or meritorious conduct.

67 Scouts were recognised this year. Listening to their stories or reading the citations has to be amongst the most inspiring and humbling experiences imaginable, which included stories of overcoming adversity to help others and brave individuals who saved lives – a truly inspiring group of Scouts.

Taken to task

On Friday evening, we joined West Sussex for their Queen’s Scout celebrations, presenting certificates and recognising their achievements.

Discussion around our table included how we could raise the profile of the Queen’s Scout Award to the level of external recognition the Eagle Scouts in the United States enjoy. We talked about many of the initiatives we have, from ensuring quality and consistency to promoting to business leaders, but one question made me pause...

I was challenged for the fact that I choose not to wear my Queen’s Scout Award badge on my uniform, even although I’m permitted to do so.

You will doubtless know by now I am something of a minimalist on uniform, however, it did strike me that they had a point – I’m certainly proud to have achieved it. Julie isn’t so keen on sewing a badge on each of my five uniform shirts though, and regrettably the Sewing Badge is not one I’m entitled to wear!

The business of Scouting

My weekend of celebrations was wrapped around a day-long meeting of the Operations Committee with some interesting progress on several great initiatives. More about those another day...

01/05/14

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