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Friday, 19 December 2014

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National awards for Carlisle Scouting groups

Scouting groups in Carlisle have been given two national awards highlighting the work that their young members do.

Scout Alex Bie photo
Alex Bie

The Reivers District scouts, which run groups in Carlisle and the surrounding area, have been recognised by the British Youth Council for the success of ongoing projects for young people.

The group have been given the ‘Youth-led Award’ which praises organisations that give young people a platform to make their voices heard.

They have provided a stage for young people, such as Tom Usher, 17, from Dalston who made the group’s website, to expand their skills.

Others youngsters such as Alex Bie, 17, from Belle Vue in Carlisle, now represents the Scout Association nationally on the British Youth Council.

Alex said: “As a young person in scouting and in particular Reivers District, I am always being challenged with opportunities to engage in decision making. My role on the district scout council allows me to represent my fellow scout’s views on decisions that will affect them.

“In my role with the British Youth Council I am able to be a national spokesperson for the 433,000 young people of the UK Scouting Association, this wouldn’t have happened without the encouragement I received from my group leaders.”

Reivers District also received the ‘Inspiring Project Award’ for the work of their young people in putting together Carlisle Scout Day.

The event, aimed at increasing membership, was planned in it’s entirely by a group of eight 16 to 18-year-olds under the chairmanship of Ross Thompson, 16, from Stanwix.

District commissioner, David Sheard who leads Scouting in Reivers District said: “Scouting is well known for providing fun, adventure and challenge for young people. Being a volunteer organisation it is important for us to have clear structures and our vision includes being shaped by young people in partnership with adults. This recognises the importance of adults working with young people to deliver the adventure they want.

“In Reivers District, we have developed a number of ways of delivering on this partnership.”

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