Volunteers from across Somerset County were invited to a special awards presentation held at Compton Dundon Village Hall today to celebrate a number of outstanding achievements.
The awards presentation, hosted by County Commissioner Elizabeth Henderson and the County Team, was a chance to recognise the achievements of our volunteers. There were a huge number of awards presented, which included Long Service, Chief Scout’s Commendations, Awards for Merit and three Silver Acorns.
Somerset’s most recent Queen’s Scouts Julian Harding & Scarlett Atherton were also recognised for achieving the highest award in Youth Scouting. We heard about the huge amount of hard work that went into achieving the Queen’s Scout award, which included Canoeing and hiking expeditions, running international programmes and volunteering in local groups, for refugee relief organisations and in Kenya!
There was also a chance to thank Pam Gaines for her hard work and dedication to the Blackdown District Commissioner role, from which she has recently stepped down after nine years. She was presented with a thank you gift from the new Queen’s Scouts Julian and Scarlett.
County Commissioner Elizabeth Henderson said ‘We have many outstanding volunteers within Somerset County and I’m thrilled and proud of all those who received awards today. The hard work and commitment to Scouting is demonstrated by the number of long service awards presented. I am also delighted to have the pleasure of presenting three Silver Acorns and two Queen’s Scout Awards, Somerset – you are awesome!