Morecambe Visitor, 1976
THE DILIGENCE of four scouts from Heysham’s Centurian group received fitting reward on Friday, when Assistant District Commissioner Mr D. Gamble presented them with the Chief Scout’s Award.
This is the ultimate achievement for all scouts under 16 years of age and one which can only be attained through complete dedication and versatility.
The scouts, Austin Galley, Garry Rawlinson, Michael Wellock and Gordon Snape, have worked towards it for five years. During this time they have trained younger scouts, volunteered community service and excelled in such out-door activities as climbing, sailing and open-fire cooking.
In addition, as a test of their ability to master new techniques, each boy has had to adopt and become reasonably proficient in a new hobby.
Michael, Garry and Gordon took up grass skiing, using the run at Troutbeck in the Lake District, and Austin joined Heysham Golf Club, reducing his handicap to a creditable 15 in only two years.
Group Scout Leader Mr Clifford Lister said that the boys deserved the highest praise. “They are the sort of lads you wish you had more of. They will try their hand at anything, are loyal and are competent — I cannot say more than that,” he said.