Blog |Everyone's A Winner
Scout's award season is on it's way and it's time to nominate. In anticipation, we met a few of out most recent, inspiring winners.
Audrey Pearce, 66, Group Scout Leader, 43rd (Northampton) Lumbertubs
Audrey was awarded the Bar To Silver Acorn for her service to Scouting and having a positive impact on the lives of young people and adult volunteers for over 40 years.
‘When I received the award I thought, “why me?” I volunteer because I enjoy it; Scouting has had a great impact on my life. We are a Scouting family through and through – my son is a Scout leader, my middle daughter is a Cub leader, my eldest daughter is a Beaver leader. My two grandsons are Scouts, one is a Cub and one is a Scout.
‘I retired four years ago and thought I was going to be bored but I took on more Scouting in that time and it keeps me going! I can never ﬁnd the time to be bored. I thoroughly enjoy what I do and what I get out of it is to see the young people change. One thing that is really nice is when they bring their children back into the Group – I’ve been there long enough to have seen that!
‘When my husband passed away, the people I know through Scouting were so great; they really helped my family and I during a tough time. We raised £15,000 to build an activity centre in my husband’s memory. That’s what my husband would have liked because he loved working with children.
‘We’re very lucky that when our Scouts are ready to leave none of them really wants to leave the Group; they want to stay on to be young leaders and some of them go on to be young leaders in another Group. I nominated some of our leaders for awards last year for their amazing work.
‘Nominating someone really shows an appreciation of what they do; volunteers give up their time to help others and it’s really inspiring.’
Lizzie Davidson,19, Cub Leader, Enfield District
While balancing school and Scouting, Lizzie was the ﬁrst Explorer Scout in her District to be awarded a Queen Scout Award in 30 years and the ﬁrst female Explorer to do so.
‘I’ve been in Scouting since I was 11. As soon as I found out about the Queen’s Scout Award (QSA) I always wanted to do it.
‘For the skills section I learnt how to play the bugle and was a part of the Scout band. The pressure of going out to perform was scary at ﬁrst but you get used to it.
‘By the time I learnt how to play the bugle, I was also an instructor helping to teach young people to get them ready to do their QSA or Duke of Edinburgh award.
‘One of the highlights while doing my QSA was ﬁnishing the expedition in the Brecon Beacons; some of the hills were like cliff faces but when I got to the top the view was amazing. Finally reaching the reservoir and knowing that was the ﬁnish line and that I had done was a fantastic feeling.
‘I also worked on a project with the National Citizen Service (NCS) called the Local Heroes Campaign. The aim was to help the community I live in; it was the year after the London riots and young people were still getting a lot of bad press. The NCS team I was in realised that it was actually damaging morale in our local area, which was quite a sad thing to witness.
‘We pitched the Local Heroes Campaign idea to the local council for a day in the town of Enﬁeld to promote the campaign. We made gift bags ﬁlled with t-shirts and wrist-bands and chocolate, and set up a table to display them. People would come over and nominate their local hero and we would go out, ﬁnd these heroes and present them with the gift bags and certiﬁcates to thank them.
‘We went to Scout huts, ﬁre stations and police stations; across Enﬁeld we met people running anti-bullying campaigns and working for charity. We did this to raise awareness of the amazing people in the area.’
Glen Roberts, 26, Scout Activity Centre Instructor
Glen was awarded the Gilt Cross – the highest Gallantry award in Scouting – after helping to orchestrate a search for a ﬁsherman who had fallen overboard while Glen was running a safety course on the Isle of Coll.
Alongside other search and rescue boats, Glen helped to locate the body and complete a boat to air transfer. The following day he continued to run the safety course at the request of the participants who knew the ﬁsherman.
‘I was awarded the Gilt Cross, which was a bit of a shock – I never went out of my way to meet the criteria; I was just going through my daily routines just like the other guys I met at the awards presentation in Windsor. They were just dealing with the hurdles in their lives and somebody put the time into nominating them.
‘I was never academic at school but I got into outdoor activities and it gave me something to focus on – it inspired me to go to university and get degrees in outdoor education and sport performance. I think if you can inspire young people to take on a new sport and look at something differently you’re having an impact.
‘I’ve been at the centre now for nearly four years; we get a lot of inner-city Glasgow youth who come to us. It’s important we offer these experiences to get the young people into the hills or out onto the water. In the time I’ve been here I’ve seen familiar faces come back time and time again and I can see it is having a positive impact.
‘Being nominated and receiving an award led to an amazing experience at the award ceremony in Windsor.
I wouldn’t have had this amazing experience if someone had not nominated me.’
Visit members.scouts.org.uk/windsor to find out what awards you can nominate young people and adult volunteers for. For further advice, please email email@example.com or call 020 8433 7193/7192