Scout leaders from Haverhill and Kedington had their dedication recognised as they were presented with a series of top awards.
Suffolk’s county commissioner Jenny Mullan and Sudbury district commissioner Graham Smith were at the Haverhill troop’s Colne Valley Road headquarters to hand out the accolades on Saturday (January 4).
1st Haverhill Scouts leader Dave ‘Windy’ Miller collected the Bar to the Order for Merit from Ms Mullan as his unit held their first camp of the year over that weekend.
His assistant Kay ‘Chip’ Morgan was among four to be honoured with the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service from UK Scouting’s Chief Scout and former SAS soldier Michael ‘Bear’ Grylls.
Also grabbing that gong was fellow 1st Haverhill assistant leader Walter Mayes, who was also presented with the Chief Scout’s Award for 25 years’ service by Mr Smith.
Walter began as a leader in Haverhill before becoming a leader in Clare and then coming back to Haverhill.
Kedington Cub Scout leader Sharon Eames was also presented with the Chief Scout’s commendation, as was 2nd Haverhill skills leader Roy Reed.
Presenting the accolades, Ms Mullan said: “It was Bear Grylls that said we are all ordinary people but doing that little bit extra makes us extraordinary.
“Going around Suffolk and seeing all the different Scouts groups and their leaders I get to see how you are all extraordinary people who really do make a difference to the lives of these young people.
“Looking at the Scouts who are having their camp here I can see that they’re all having a good time.
“They’re been out hiking and having fund and they’ve not just been sat indoors all weekend on a computer screen.
“I want to say thank you to all of you for what you are doing and remember the good that you do when you go home and throw your bags down after a tiring weekend, because you really do make a difference.”
Eleven youngsters from 1st Haverhill came along for their first camp of the year, held at the headquarters on the first weekend of each year.
They planned a route and hiked out through Sturmer and Steeple Bumpstead before returning to Haverhill to make mini catapults and leather woggles and cook their own dinners.
They slept in the huts to avoid the night’s frost.
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (January 16) Echo.