On Thursday 22nd July we held our AGM and presentation Evening, the AGM is a Legal requirement that we have to hold but the presentation Evening is always the best bit!

Last year we had to hold the AGM via zoom due to covid and we weren’t able to have a presentation evening at all so it was really great to get together safely and celebrate the achievements of our whole group now that restrictions have been lifted. To ensure everyone felt safe we held the Evening outside and luckily the weather complied, a little too well in fact as the Met Office issued heat warnings, so we switched from being a Uniformed night to casual dress to make sure everyone was comfortable and could enjoy themselves.

You can shortly find out more information about the legal part of the meeting by visiting our https://www.1sthardingstone.org.uk/the-group/agm-documents/ but for this post we are focussing on the Presentations……………………..

Our GSL Kevin Dillow receives the Club 100 Certificate from Dean Smith the County Commisioner<em><em>

We were thrilled to receive a “Club 100” certificate, a special award only given to Groups that have over 100 members, this year this was presented to only 7 groups out of 122 in Northamptonshire. For a Second consecutive year we were confirmed as being the largest group in the whole of Northamptonshire!! This is such a great achievement for the group as it demonstrates that we manage to retain both our young people and Leaders as well as continue to attract new ones.

Mercia Cubs Chief Scout Silver awards presented by Charlie Mackenzie District Youth Commisioner

We presented lots of awards and achievements to our young people including Chief Scout Silver awards to some of our Danelaw and Mercia Cubs. Chief Scout Silver is the highest award you can receive as a cub and the Young people have had to work really hard to achieve it. We are looking forward to welcoming all of these cubs at Scouts next Term.

Danelaw Cubs Chief Scout Silver awards presented by Charlie Mackenzie District Youth Commisioner

We also presented our much coveted Beaver, Cub, Scout and Explorer of the year Awards.

These awards are chosen in a vote by the young people themselves as well as the Leaders so the Winner really has to have demonstrated all the characteristics of an excellent scout to be able to win. Unfortunately not all of our winners could attend the evening so no photo to record the moment.

Beaver of the Year – Freya R

Mercia Cub of teh Year – Daisy BB

Danelaw Cub of the Year Benji G being presented his award by Akela Simon
Vikings Scout of the Year Claudia G being presented her award by Skip Kevin

If you spot a similarity between our Danelaw and Viking of the year thats because they’re Brother and Sister! What a proud Scout Family Household that must be!

Saxon Scout of the Year Matilda W being presented her Award by Red Patrick
Explorer of the Year James W being presented his award by Explorers Leader Stuart

We are so proud of all of our Winners, they have all worked so hard at their scouting and helped to pass on the knowledge they have gained to their peers as well as continuing to learn new skills themselves. Well Done all!

It’s not just the young people that we celebrate the achievements of. Our Leaders undergo ongoing Training to ensure they are able to deliver safe and engaging programmes to all of our young people, and this was also recognised.

GSL and Viking Section Leader Kevin receiving his 10 Year service award from Charlie Mackenzie
Assistant Section Leader Gary receiving his 10 year Service award from Charlie Mackenzie
AGSL and Assistant Cub Leader Cathryn receiving her 15 years service award from Charlie Mackenzie
Assistant Cub Leader Carl receiving his Wood Badge from County Chairman Bunny Ingram Carl also received his 5 year Service award
Cub Leader Simon receiving his Wood Badge from County Chairman Bunny Ingram Simon also received his 5 year Service award
Saxons Scout Leader Patrick receiving his Wood Badge from County Chariman Bunny Ingram
Our Group Chairman Clare receiving her 10 Year Service award from Charlie Mackenzie

We are sure you will join us in applauding our whole group for all the wonderful achievements, it has not been an easy year for anyone but our group has continued to work hard and play hard together.

Thank you for all the continued support you have given the group, without our members we are nothing.

We are already looking forward to seeing all the fantastic things we achieve in the 2021/2022 Scouting year.