Two Awards for young Pakefield Scout Leader

16 January 2017

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It was an exceptional occasion for Lowestoft scouts – when two achievement awards were presented to the same person at a special ceremony.

Daniel Jackson, a young leader at 1st Pakefield group, was presented with both the Queen’s Scout Award and with his leader accreditation wood beads by County Commissioner Jenny Mullan, in front of family members and local leaders

Mrs Mullan said “there are not that many Queen’s Scouts in Suffolk so this is a very special occasion and I feel really proud when a young person achieves what they need to do to earn this award and doubly so when they also qualify as a scout leader.”

“The stepping-stone to gaining this sought after accolade is to firstly complete the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award – but although that is important, to then go on to obtain the top scouting award is tremendous.

Mrs Mullan then made a second presentation of wood beads to Daniel saying that he had also successfully completed the adult training programme and therefore was now a fully qualified leader.

Daniel, who was home on his Christmas break from his university studies at Portsmouth, said, “ it had been hard work but I have enjoyed the challenges of the Queen’s Scout award. To earn the qualification I had to take part in an expedition lasting five days to the Cairngorms National park, take on volunteer work, learn some new skills and complete a physical challenge over the course of two years”

 “My leader training took place over three years, and was a mixture of on-line learning and attending courses which then had to be validated by running activities with the scouts at 1st Pakefield where everything I had learnt was put into action. I would like to thank all the leaders in Lowestoft for supporting me, but in particular my Group Scout Leader, Joanna Harley for all the hard work she has put into my adult leader training”

Not content with earning these awards Daniel will be one of five young people from Lowestoft travelling to Southern Africa in July for a 25-day expedition.

A further presentation was also made during the evening. A long service award acknowledging 25 years in Scouting was made to Jean Eglington, who is currently the Assistant District Commissioner for Beavers in Lowestoft. Making the award District Commissioner Mel Buck said “this is a thank-you award from the Chief Scout and is a truly deserved award for someone who has done a great deal for scouting in the district.