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Virtual award is a first for Cub Scouts

PUBLISHED: 17:27 20 May 2020

The very first Chief Scout Silver Award – the top award a Cub Scout can earn – was presented to Thomas Russell, of the 1st Pakefield Scout Group, via Zoom. Pictures: 1st Pakefield Scouts

The very first Chief Scout Silver Award – the top award a Cub Scout can earn – was presented to Thomas Russell, of the 1st Pakefield Scout Group, via Zoom. Pictures: 1st Pakefield Scouts

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For the first time anywhere in Suffolk, the top award that a Cub Scout can earn has been presented virtually via a video sharing application.

The 1st Pakefield Scout Group as Thomas Russell receives his award via Zoom. Pictures: 1st Pakefield ScoutsThe 1st Pakefield Scout Group as Thomas Russell receives his award via Zoom. Pictures: 1st Pakefield Scouts

With Lowestoft District Cub Scouts holding a special presentation event last week, the top award was handed out to one youngster.

The very first Chief Scout Silver Award – the top award a Cub Scout can earn – was presented to a Pakefield Cub Scout on Zoom last Thursday, May 14.

The 1st Pakefield Scout Group as Thomas Russell receives his award via Zoom. Pictures: 1st Pakefield ScoutsThe 1st Pakefield Scout Group as Thomas Russell receives his award via Zoom. Pictures: 1st Pakefield Scouts

The special award was held during a prestigious event held under the continuing coronavirus restrictions.

Thomas Russell, of the 1st Pakefield Scout Group, had added the finishing touches to the work for the badge while in lockdown as he completed weekly challenges set by his leaders.

These included making a bird feeder, clapping for the NHS and Keyworkers on a Thursday night, renewing his promise for St George’s day and joining in quizzes and scavenger hunts on Zoom.

His Cub leader (Akela), Lisa Trussler, was determined that the current lockdown situation would not stop the youngster from having his award presented by the Lowestoft District Scouts District Commissioner, Mel Buck.

Lisa worked with Thomas’s mum and Mr Buck to make this happen and last Thursday, via Zoom, 15 members of 1st Pakefield Cubs and their leaders watched as Thomas was virtually awarded his Chief Scout Silver Award.

Dan Jackson, Pakefield Group Scout Leader, said: “This was a very special moment for all leaders in Lowestoft and a sign that nothing can stop Scouts from Scouting.

“I really am proud of our young people at 1st Pakefield Scout Group and how they have adapted to these unprecedented times.

“Although we are staying away from one another, as a group we have pulled together (virtually) and produced some amazing things.

“These wouldn’t have happened without the involvement of the leaders in producing the activities or without parents support.

“It is not easy to balance life, home schooling and Scouting in the current circumstances.”


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