Friday, 25 June 2021

Second Goring & Streatley BBS Scout Group

SENIOR scout Jack Papierowski has achieved the Grand Scoutmaster Crown Award, the highest accolade for a

SENIOR scout Jack Papierowski has achieved the Grand Scoutmaster Crown Award, the highest accolade for a scout.

He has spent years passing tests and badges to develop good citizenship and skills in leadership, observation, obedience, self-reliance, loyalty and thoughtfulness for others, service to the public and promoting his physical, mental and spiritual development.

The award is identical in the training and skills required to the Boy Scout Association’s Queen’s Scout Award before this changed in the Sixties.

Jack is the first senior scout in Goring or Streatley to gain such an award since the Fifties.

This demonstrates the very high standard commanded by the award, which counts towards university entrance and is acknowledged by employers.

Apart from gaining many badges in public service and scouting skills and undertaking adventure activities, Jack has had to carry out a lengthy period of community public service, be recommended by the scout group council as a suitable recipient and be interviewed by the national chief commissioners.

He was presented with the award by the national scout commissioner (as the grand scoutmaster was absent due to illness) at the Southern area’s St George’s Day parade and service held in Gloucestershire.

The commissioner read out the “charge” to which Jack had to respond.

He said: “It has been a long but very enjoyable path in order to gain this the Grand Scoutmaster Crown Award.

“I started by joining the beavers at the age of six, then ‘swimming up’ into the wolf cubs where I gained the ‘leaping wolf’ and then leaping up into the scout troop.

“After 12 years I have reached the path end and gained the great honour of receiving this award.

“En route I have had some really great experiences, enjoyed in the company of many of you, who I thank for sharing these experiences and giving support.

“I have particularly enjoyed the cycle/camps and camping generally, where I have always given my support and participation and gained so much from. I would like to thank Skip David Cooksley for all the hard work, time and effort he puts into scouting and running the scout troop, without which none of this would be possible, and also my parents and family for their encouragement.”

I am pleased to report that Jack has become an assistant scout master in the 2nd Goring & Streatley Scout Group where the scouter name he has selected is Gunner.

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