Cameron, Robert, Georgia and Alex are great examples of the efforts that young people across Cambridgeshire have made, supported by their leaders, to keep scouting despite the pandemic. They even made their local paper!

All 4 young people are part of 1st Stukeley Meadow Scout Group. Cameron (aged 7, Beaver Scout) earned his Chief Scout’s Bronze Award whilst Cub Scouts Robert (aged 11), Georgia (aged 10) and Alex (aged 10) all earned their Chief Scout Silver Awards. These are the highest awards that they can earn in their sections, and a great stepping stone towards hopefully earning their Queen’s Scout Awards as young adults.

As well as earning multiple challenge badges each one had to then complete Personal Challenges. These included learning to ride a bike, taking part in a competition at school (and being one of the winners) to visit Papworth Hospital for the Queen’s visit, continually being in “Six of the Month” in the Cub Pack over a period of time, and helping Mum with chores around the house following her major surgery.

Georgia said “I am so delighted to receive this award! It means so much to me, and I am even more proud of myself for doing much of it during lockdown. It is a shame I was the only girl this time. I think more girls should be joining anyway, as everything we do is for boys and girls”.

Alex said “I worked really hard towards this award and enjoyed lots of the activities, especially sharing a tent with my friends at camp, camp cooking and the climbing wall. I also learnt to ride my bike which took quite a long time! My Mum and Dad are really proud of me!”.

” Part of these awards is all about stepping outside your comfort zone, trying something you wouldn’t normally be interested in, taking the lead in something that scares you and unlocking hidden talents along the way. They have achieved these awards while having to work independently, meeting via zoom sessions and not face to face – which makes it even more of an achievement.” said Karen Brugnoli, Cub Scout Leader.

Kathryn Bailey, Group Scout Leader, said “Supporting the leaders and young people during the pandemic is challenging, but so rewarding. Most of the volunteers in scouting are either key workers, or are facing their own challenges; combining home schooling and working from home. I’m proud of the young people and their leaders”.

Please note that parental consent for these photos to include names was obtained by their Scout Group for use in the press release they did