Ellie Holley has become the first girl at 1st Bradley Stoke Scouts to attain her Chief Scout’s Gold Award.
Made up of nine challenge badges – Adventure, Community, Creative, Expedition, Fitness, Global, Outdoor, Outdoor Plus and Promise – it is the highest award available to the Scout section. She has hiked, camped, cooked on an open campfire, taught more junior Scouts new skills, taken part in team building activities, learnt how to manage in a disaster and looked at the impact of international issues. And on top of this, she is also a young carer and has taken the time to explain what she does to the other Scout members.
Ellie has been a patrol leader for some time and has so impressed the leadership team with her commitment, leadership, organisational skills and parochial care of younger Scouts, that she was also awarded the Senior Patrol Leader flash. Each of these awards is rarely given; to receive both shows how remarkable Ellie is. The group are very proud of her.
Clive Mason – the Group Scout Leader – explained that these challenges push our young people outside of their comfort zone and prepare them for whatever journey they want to take as they move into adulthood.
The group continues to look for leaders to support and challenge young people like Ellie. For more information, have a look at the group’s website at bradley-stoke-scouts.org.uk/join
This article originally appeared in the June 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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