West Bridgford Beaver Scout Ned Knapper is the first Beaver Scout in Rushcliffe District to be awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation.
To achieve this Ned has worked incredibly hard to complete all the activity badges that a Beaver can earn.
He’s also gained his Chief Scout Bronze Award, the top award a Beaver can achieve, at the same time that his older brother Milo Knapper has earned his Chief Scout Silver Award, the top award at Cubs.
Ned and Milo, who both attend 1st Meadow Covert Scout Group and go to Abbey Road Primary School, have filled up their jumper sleeves with all of their badges.
Ned has attained all 23 activity badges, 10 staged badges, all six challenge badges and his Chief Scout Bronze Award.
He has tried out a whole range of new activities to collect his badges, from cooking on camp fires to disability awareness and first aid training, but his favourites are the photography and cycling badges.
Rushcliffe District Commissioner Fiona Burrows said “It’s a remarkable achievement for Ned to achieve the full set of badges, and it’s been especially tricky to meet all the requirements with the lockdowns, but we’ve managed to carry on, even singing round virtual camp fires on zoom calls. Ned and Milo have put in a lot of time and effort and I’m very proud of them both.”
Fiona added: “Beavers and Cubs are all about making memories and skills for life. The opportunities offered really go beyond what children can do in school, in a safe and supportive environment.”
For more information on scouting in Rushcliffe please visit https://www.rushcliffescouts.org.uk/