News | Dedicated Scout volunteer awarded by Prime Minister
A Scout volunteer from Fife, who has dedicated 25 years to building links with Scout groups in Japan, has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.
Callum Farquhar first visited Japan in 1987 and became instantly fascinated with the culture. Since then he has used his role as an Explorer Scout Leader to enable hundreds of young people to visit the country and build links with Japanese Scout groups.
This year, Callum will be helping thousands of young people from the UK as he will be co-ordinating part of the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan. Callum is using his vast experience and contacts throughout Japan to organise homestay accommodation for all of them.
As well as leading cultural exchange trips, Callum led efforts to raise £10,000 in Scotland to help support Scout groups in the coastal villages of Iwate Prefecture following the tsunami in Japan in 2011.
Point of Light
Callum is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: ‘Callum has shown incredible dedication to the Scouting Movement and to promoting strong cultural relations between Scouts in the UK and Japan. The money he raised following the devastating tsunami that hit Japan helped to give back an important piece of childhood to those Scouts whose headquarters were rebuilt.
‘Adult volunteers like Callum are doing so much to enable over 3,000 UK Scouts to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Japan, and I am delighted to recognise Callum’s service by making him a Point of Light.’
UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt said: ‘I am delighted to hear that Callum’s hard work and dedication to the Movement have been recognised at such a high level. Every one of our volunteers works hard not only to deliver Scouting locally but to contribute more widely to their communities as Callum has done. On behalf of everyone at The Scout Association, we’d like to wish Callum congratulations.’
Callum said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be receiving this award. There are a huge number of people in Scouting who give up a lot of their own time to make these trips a reality for our young people.
‘It’s a huge honour for me and for them to have our work recognised in this way. I have been involved in volunteering for many years. I really enjoy the experiences myself but the best part is seeing how much our young people enjoy it and what a difference it makes to them.’