Petworth and Pulborough Scouts honoured at awards

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FRIENDS and families crowded into the Music Room at Champs Hill, Coldwaltham for the presentation of Chief Scout Awards.

Col Sir Brian Barttelot, president of the West Sussex Scout group presented the certificates to members from the Petworth and Pulborough Scout District.

Awards went to some 20 young people who had been successful in the many challenges set to achieve bronze, silver and gold Chief Scout awards.

District Commissioner for Petworth and Pulborough Scout group Kath Bridger told the Observer: “There is a Chief Scout Award for every section and they all encompass a variety of challenges that the young people have to undertake in order to achieve their appropriate award.”

The Chief Scout’s Gold Award is the highest award available in the scout section.

It is gained by competing eight challenges including the promise, community, fitness, creative, global and outdoor challenges together with two more from the final three challenges of outdoor, adventure and expedition. This badge is the highest award available in the Scout Section.

“In view of the hard work that has gone into the receiving of this award the Scout District hold two receptions a year to recognise their achievement.”

She said the Scout District were grateful to Mr and Mrs David Bowerman for allowing the group to use the Music Room for the special presentation ceremony.

“The weather was kind and following the presentation which was attended by the recipients and their families as well as members of the District and County Teams there was the opportunity to have refreshments and wander around the lovely gardens at Champs Hill.”