Barry District in the Media

Double honour for Barry Cub Leader
(March 2011)

Double honour for Barry Cub LeaderA BARRY scout leader has surged to the top of the pack after earning the movement's prestigious Wood Badge - not once, but twice.

11th Barry Scout Group Scoutmaster Haydn Canter was presented with his second wooden bead necklace by Akela Peter Evans during a ceremony at the 11th Barry Scout HQ, Ilminster Street, Barry, last week. 56-year old Haydn, also known as Baloo, was also presented with a certificate signed by Chief Scout Bear Grylls.

The tradition dates back to 1919 when Scout movement founder, Robert Baden-Powell, awarded 19 scoutmasters the necklace, following the first ever training camp at Gilwell Park. Baden-Powell had found the necklace in a Zulu chieftain’s deserted hut when on campaign in South Africa in 1888. The Wood Badge is a Scouting programme and award for adults in Scout Associations world-wide, designed so they can learn, practically, the skills and methods of Scouting.

The beads recognise the significant achievement in leadership and direct service to young people. Wood Badge recipients number more than 100,000, but the honour - taking up to five years to earn - isn't often earned twice. Haydn, who has been involved in scouting for 23 years, gained his first badge in 1994. "It's nice to have the full qualification after five years," he said. "It's an accepted standard that you all want to achieve."

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