Awards galore for Petworth and Pulborough Explorer Scouts

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EXPLORER Scouts from the Petworth & Pulborough Scout District travelled to the South of England showground at Ardingly to receive their Duke of Edinburgh awards.

The reception organised by West Sussex Scouts was a chance for young people from all over the county to get together to celebrate their achievements over the past year.

And by far the largest contingent came from the Petworth & Pulborough Scout District’s Duke of Edinburgh Centre.

In only its second year of operation it has enabled six Explorer Scouts to gain their silver award and 19 to gain their bronze.

The centre has based its activities in Storrington and Ifold this year with young people attending from as far afield as Petworth, Billingshurst, Ashington, West Chiltington and the surrounding villages.

The Explorer Scouts, aged 14 to 17 received their awards from the guest speaker Sean Ruth, who as chief fire officer for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Services drew many comparisons between the qualities of those who work for the service and those who achieve their Duke of Edinburgh awards – notably commitment and teamwork.