Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award for Scouts

“Scout leaders run activity programmes, weekly meetings, AGMs and international expeditions all in their own time. And it is young Scouts, like myself, that have benefited most from this. The skills I’ve learnt span from leadership and organisation, to more practical things like navigation and first aid. Scouting has prepared me for the future; it has expanded my horizons and driven my sense of determination, which is why I have every intention of volunteering with the Movement in the future.”—James, Scout Network Member from Cumbria.

The Scout Association has received a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award in recognition of its fantastic volunteers.

The award, which honours the work of 60 national voluntary organisations, was presented at HM Treasury in London last night.

100,000 adult volunteers regularly give up their time so that young people can experience amazing adventures through Scouting. James, 20, a Network member from Cumbria, attended the awards ceremony.

Making a difference

He explained how volunteers make a difference: ‘Scouting provides a wealth of opportunities for young people from hiking in the mountains of Scotland to meeting their local MP at party conferences. Yet it is only through the generosity and determination of volunteers that Scouts have been able to do this.


Irish, formerly known as Michael, a student with The Open University, living in Dublin with his husband Andrew and their three cats. Also interested in first aid, heraldry, Scouting, and occasionally to be found at the organ or in a bell tower.

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