Award-winning Scouts have golden touch

PUBLISHED: 11:02 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:58 11 May 2010

District Commissioner Michelle Renwick with Stuart Sharp, James Truett, and Thomas Piper.

District Commissioner Michelle Renwick with Stuart Sharp, James Truett, and Thomas Piper.

TWO outstanding Scouts have been rewarded for their hard work with the Chief Scout s gold award. James Truett and Thomas Piper, both 14, are members of the 7th Royston (Barkway) Scout group, and have been working towards the accolade for the last four yea

TWO outstanding Scouts have been rewarded for their hard work with the Chief Scout's gold award.

James Truett and Thomas Piper, both 14, are members of the 7th Royston (Barkway) Scout group, and have been working towards the accolade for the last four years.

They received their certificates from Michelle Renwick, district Scout Commissioner, at a ceremony at the weekend.

James said: "To get the award we had to complete eight badges.

"My favourite was probably the outdoor activities badge, which I got by taking part in a number of events during camps I've been on."

Having gained the badges, the boys also had to organise a charity event.

They put on a games evening at the Barkway Scout hut to raise money for Water Aid.

"We made £45, which will fund clean, safe, water for three people in Africa for the rest of their lives," said James.

The Chief Scout's award is the highest honour available in scouting.

Also being honoured at the ceremony was Stuart Sharp, who was recognised for 15 years service as a scout leader at Barkway.

A spokesman for the group said: "Considering the average tenure for a leader is around two-and-a-half years, this is an exceptional achievement.

"We face a constant battle to recruit and retain leaders, so have someone as reliable as Stuart is a tremendous boost.

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