Do you know someone who deserves a special THANK YOU?
by Margery Naylor, Regional Commissioner
If you do, please recommend them for an award. There is a range of awards in Scouting and I can assist you to make an application for someone who has made a real contribution to working with young people. The awards include the Silver Wolf, the Silver Acorn, the Award for Merit and the Medal for Meritorious Conduct. In 2017, we were 4th in the level of awards given out to our members – 9.33% of our members, compared to 14.5% in South West Scotland, which had the highest level of all 8 Regions. We can do better in recognising the impact of our adult volunteers!
The Association has a national awards system for recognising good service, length of service and special acts of heroism and bravery, courage or endurance, and devotion to duty under suffering. Because it is a national system, it has prestige and allows all applications to be considered objectively according to national criteria. Except in the case of recognition of length of adult service, awards are not made automatically. Proper, detailed justification must be made in every case.
Bear Grylls writes, “For many years our Association has had a scheme providing formal recognition of good adult service. It also recognises special acts of bravery, quick thinking in the face of danger, courage and endurance for all young people and adults involved in the Movement. There is no mystery in the way our awards scheme works. The scheme is governed by rules laid down in POR which are administered by the Awards Board on my behalf. Applications have to be made through the Regional Commissioners to the Awards Board, whose members are charged with maintaining consistent standards across the United Kingdom”.
Find out more at: https://members.scouts.org.uk/awards or just email me to ask about making an application: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s give a real thank you to all those who work so hard in our Region!
Congratulations to Diane Ross on being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in recognition of her service to Scouting and to the community in Edinburgh.
Diane was a Leader for the Cub Scout 80th Birthday item in the Edinburgh Gang Show 1996, was instrumental in the organisation and running of the Junior Gang when it was established in 1997 and remains an ardent Gang Show supporter.
Her leadership and commitment to Gang Show, as well as many other responsibilities in Scouting, is inspirational. Thank you Diane for your service and here’s to many more years of Scouting fun!
From the Gang Show Facebook page
This month the Region achieved its Foundation Youth Approved award from Scouts Scotland. We are over the moon with this award and shall be displaying it on most of our future comms and putting the certificate in the reception of Bonaly.
For those of you not too familiar with the Youth Approved Award, the Region had to:
- Have a Regional Youth Advisory Group – and the fact that makes us even prouder about these extraordinary 13 young people is that they represent all 7 Districts giving a true spread of experience and opinions.
- Appoint a Youth Commissioner – Euan McFadzean was appointed at the first meeting and has been working his socks off supporting the group and working with the Districts and Scottish to involve more young people.
- Have a method of communicating with Young People – Social Media is our gateway to getting young people involved and getting information to them, and with this is mind we will be improving how we use social media to this end.
Above all, we must mention all the incredible Groups and Sections within our Region who have achieved Foundation and Bronze – we are so proud.
Adam Bennett Assistant Regional Commissioner (Youth Involvement)