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Staffordshire Moorlands scouts gain top awards

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

From the left, Lucy Deavall, Laura Hamer, and Harry Corden.

From the left, Lucy Deavall, Laura Hamer, and Harry Corden.

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THREE members of the Scouting movement in the Staffordshire Moorlands have been presented with a top award.

A presentation evening at Westwood Golf Club, Leek, saw Laura Hamer receiving her certificate for becoming a Queens Scout from Paula Evans, the County Commissioner.

Mrs Evans also presented Lucy Deavall from Monkey Explorer Group and Harry Corden from Loki Explorer Group with their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Awards.

To become a Queens Scout various challenges have to be undertaken.

Laura has been a member of the Scout Association and an assistant leader for 10 years.

She has managed to encompass playing crown green bowls, make jewellery, complete a 50 mile walk in the Brecon Beacons and help with the catering at a Jamboree.

Laura has completed an environmental challenge at Consall by clearing the stream and the overgrown foliage, and has also completed an international challenge by going to Bratislava for 10 nights.

She also has shown to be competent in a whole list of skills in First Aid and emergency procedures, risk assessment/health and safety, navigation and route planning, camp craft, equipment and hygiene, food and cooking – to name a few. Laura said: "The best bit was the Jamboree as I met lots of people that I have stayed good friends with.

"The worst was the expedition as it really tested my fitness and mental ability."

A spokesman for Staffordshire Moorlands Scouting said: "Laura has given the explorer sections something to aim for, showing that with dedication and commitment, goals can be achieved.

"Scouting in the Moorlands can make a real difference to the lives of young people, by not only offering a wide range of activities but life skills for the future and contribution to the wider society."

Both Lucy and Harry completed a number of activities to achieve their bronze award. Lucy learned archery and became a representative on the executive committee, while Harry ran an animation club at Endon High School and improved his rowing skills as a member of the North Staffs Rowing Club.

Both volunteered within the Scouting movement and are on the young leaders programme.

For more scouting information visit www.moorlandsscouting.org.

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