Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Teenager honoured for ‘significant’ community contribution

A BOY scout from Wargrave has picked up one of scouting’s top awards.

A BOY scout from Wargrave has picked up one of scouting’s top awards.

Thomas Hicks, 14, of McCrae’s Walk, was presented with the Gold Chief Scout Award at a meeting of the 1st Wargrave Scouts this month.

Thomas, who goes to the Piggott School, joined the village troop in 2009 as a beaver and progressed through the cubs before becoming a scout in 2012.

The Gold Chief Scout Award comprises a badge and certificate signed by chief scout Bear Grylls. It is awarded to scouts who complete a range of badges in areas such as adventure, community work, global issues and fitness challenges. It was presented by Mark Ballard, district commissioner for Loddon district, at a meeting of the troop.

Thomas, who lives with his parents Belinda and Jon, brother Henry, 11, and sister Jemima, nine, said: “I joined the beavers because my mum said I would enjoy it.

“She was right, I loved beavers and cubs and then moved on to scouts, where I have really enjoyed all the different activities we have taken part in including lots of camps, cooking, hiking at night, games in the woods and different activities in the hut. I’m looking forward to moving on to explorers next year.”

Peter Walsh, Wargrave scout leader, said: “Thomas has always been keen to jump in and get involved and complete various badge work, and this award is recognition of his hard work and efforts.

“We are really proud of Thomas and thank him for his significant contribution to the troop.”

Thomas will also be one of 12 scouts from the Wargrave troop to visit Finland in July for the scout’s international jamboree. More than 16,000 scouts and guides from across the world travel to Roihu for a week of hiking, climbing, sailing and swimming.

 In December, Nathan Walsh, 14, a senior patrol leader in the scout section, was also presented with the chief scout gold award. There is a total of 22 scouts in the Wargrave troop, as well as about 80 more boys in the beavers and cubs sections.

The scouts has four patrols: Badgers, Otters, Stags and Falcons, and meets on Mondays from 7pm to 8.45pm at the scout hut off Eastview Road.

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