Local volunteers recognised by Chief Scout, Bear Grylls

’Scouts are shining lights in their communities’ - Bear Gyrlls, Chief ScoutScouting couldn’t give young people their everyday adventure without our volunteers. Many of our leaders and supporters have been doing it for very many years and continue to contribute a lot of their spare time to do so.

The Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, on behalf of The Scout Association makes awards every year to recognise the efforts of our volunteers.

Matt Mills, Scouting’s Regional Commissioner for the East of England presented our district commissioner, Graeme Watt, with the Silver Acorn.

The Silver Acorn, worn on an orange ribbon around the neck, and emblems or brooches with an orange knot is awarded for specially distinguished service for a period of not less than twenty years. (Rule 11.5(g)) (PDF)

Graeme Watt, Bedford District Commissioner

Graeme Watt, Bedford District Commissioner at the Bedford River Festival last year.

Graeme continues to give valuable service to the Movement and is currently District Commissioner for Bedford the line manager responsible for Scouting in the area. As well as this role, he assists with the training of adult volunteers and is a hill-walking assessor within Bedfordshire Scouts. He also volunteers with Scout Med, a group of adults who provide first aid and medical services to Scout events and activities throughout the United Kingdom. Graeme has been volunteering with Scouting since at least 1986.

Well done Watty! Keep up the good work.

Other Awards

There were a number of other awards to adults in the district for service over a number of years, including:

  • Michael Carchrie Campbell, Assistant District Commissioner (Public Relations) (5 years);
  • Rosemary Clarke, Brickhill Group Scout Leader (40 years);
  • John Hitt, District Vice President (50 years).

Two leaders had completed their training and were awarded the Wood Badge and invested into the 1st Gilwell Park Scout Group which is for all members of Scouting who hold a Wood Badge.

Be a shining light yourself

If you would like to get involved in the adventure of Scouting please visit scouts.org.uk/join where you can find out more information. Alternatively, you can contact Graeme on 07546346580 or by email at dc [at] bedfordscouts.org.uk.



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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