28th May, 2017

National recognition for Knowle West Scout group

KNOWLE West Scout Group received national recognition when they finished runners up at the Scout Association’s first national award for Inclusion.

Taking place at the University of Warwick, the presentation night included speeches from celebrity Scout ambassador Steve Backshall.

Knowle West’s hard work meant they walked away with the second prize for the Inclusion award by opening a sustainable scout group that is open to the whole community.

The group worked with existing scouting members to find out what would appeal to more young people to join the adventurous movement.

Now boasting more than 24 members aged between six and 25, the group are supported by a team of volunteers who dedicate their time to bring young people in Knowle fun, adventure and skills for life.

Scout leader Carly Scully said: “We are so proud and pleased to win the second place award – especially since it’s the first ever National Scouting Awards, it’s a real achievement.

“We’re always trying to encourage more young people and adult volunteers to join our thriving programme as we’ve seen the incredible things it’s done to these young people’s lives.

“We are quite simply giving our young people the skills they need to get on in life.”

Scout Ambassador Steve Backshall said: “Every child should have the chance to be involved in Scouting and although we are growing we still have a waiting list of over 45,000.

“All the Scouts who were involved in the ceremony should be tremendously proud of themselves and I am proud to be an ambassador of this adventurous movement.”