Sunderland and Durham scouts to gain top awards

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SUPER scouts will be celebrated at a major event.

Beavers, cubs and scouts from across Wearside and County Durham will be presented with their Chief Scouts Award – the highest award a young person can gain in their section.

chris turnbull, 14, and adam smith, 11

chris turnbull, 14, and adam smith, 11

Also, adult volunteers will be receive awards for their dedication to scouting and the development of young people in the area, at the ceremony at the Gala Theatre, Durham, tomorrow.

Other awards will be presented for those who have won competitions in the year.

Scout Christopher Turnbull, from Washington, will receive his Chief Scout’s Gold Award.

The 14-year-old said: “Working towards my Chief Scout’s Gold award, I’ve had the opportunity to experience some awesome activities from abseiling to zorbing.

“I’ve pushed myself to climb mountains as part of an international adventure, built shelters in the woods and learned some valuable skills.

“I’ve volunteered in the community bringing cheer to the community and I’ve enjoyed developing my leadership skills as a patrol leader in the group.

He added: “I’ve been a scout since I was six, and the experience have helped me become more confident as well as making some lifelong friends along the way.”

Adult volunteer Gemma Younghusband, 29, from Washington, said: “As an adult leader, it’s such a pleasure to see my cubs receive their Chief Scout’s Award.

“Over the past two years, they’ve enjoyed some fantastic adventures as part of the pack and their enthusiasm has made me and the rest of the leader team very proud.

“Cubs get to experience a different activity every week and it’s great fun coming up with new ideas.

“My personal highlight was the district Cubs go Capital trip, where 50 cubs had the chance to experience the sights and sounds of London.”

As well as the presentations at the Gala Durham Scout County will be running activities for young people in Millennium Square.

The Scout Association’s Mobile Display Unit will be on hand to tell people how to get involved.

For more about scouting or volunteering visit or call 0845 300 1818.

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