Unsung Scouting Heros – December 2023

Date: 22nd Jan 2024 Author: Mark Eastman

On Friday 8 December, the recipients and their families got together at the Bear Grylls Adventure at Birmingham NEC. They were recognised personally by Chief Scout Bear Grylls for their achievements.

Ranging in age from 5 to 23, these amazing young people earned their awards for a variety of skills and endeavours. Whether they fundraised, used their emergency aid skills, or showed incredible resilience, they’ve received a £500 prize, funded by Bear himself, along with a certificate, Never Give Up badge, neckerchief and copy of Bear’s new book – Do Your Best: How to be a Scout.

As well as being honoured by Bear on the day, they got to take part in activities from climbing and archery to snorkelling and indoor freefall at the centre.

These young people have truly gone above and beyond, showing our values and making amazing contributions to Scouts, their families and communities.

Congratulations Millie who was a Shackleton Explorer Scout and is now a Beaver Leader at 2nd Ifield – 18-year-old Millie had a serious operation and sadly suffered a stroke, which left her unable to use her right side. After being in hospital for several months, Millie’s now able to return to Scouts. Although she still has some difficulties, she never gives up and proves that you can always carry on. Scouts was a massive part of her life before her operation and still is today. She’s now a volunteer with Beavers and despite facing such life changing events, Millie tackles everything with positivity and is an inspiration to all.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls