Roll of Honour: Young Leader Belt – Abi

Posted on Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Congratulations to Abi for achieving the highest award available for Young Leaders, the Young Leader Belt buckle, a well deserved award for all the hard work she has put in after four years of hard work and dedication. Volunteering as a Beaver leader at the 29th Portswood Immaculata, Abi took an active role in planning their programme, running their section and organising activities and events for the young people, now taking a role as a full adult leader.

Southampton City Scouts have recently honoured the achievements of one of their young people who has been leading the younger sections for nearly four years, working towards the highest award available for ‘Young Leaders’ (14-18 year old Explorer Scouts who as part of their Scouting are volunteer leaders with younger sections) – the Young Leader Belt Buckle.

This dedicated young lady has shown consistent commitment and reliability in helping the younger scouts to reach their potential. She has taken a part in planning events for the 29th Immaculata Beaver Scouts (who meet in Portswood), helped to run the section, running activities and events for the young people. She has completed a training programme to equip herself with the skills to go forward as an adult leader at 18. Through her volunteering in Scouting, and the training programme she has completed, she qualifies for an award from the prestigious Institute of Leadership and Management, which will help Abi prove that her scouting skills are transferable to the workplace.

Abi has now reached the end of her time as a ‘Young Leader’ and his Explorer Scout Leader – Iain Redmill is pleased that she will be continuing to volunteer in an Adult Role now she is 18: “Abi is a very competent new leader who is a credit to the district, helping provide an active programme of opportunities for the local young people.”

‘So much of who we are as an adult is formed when we are kids,’ said Bear Grylls (the current UK Chief Scout). ‘What Scouting says to people is: “it’s okay to go for it in life”‘.