Timeless badge of honour

A TEENAGE scout has designed the first-ever badge for the first Fenstaton and Hilton Scout Group and it is set to travel the world. Dan Harlock, 13, of Fenstaton designed the winning badge after a competition was held amongst the 80 Beavers, Cubs and Sco

A TEENAGE scout has designed the first-ever badge for the first Fenstaton and Hilton Scout Group and it is set to travel the world.

Dan Harlock, 13, of Fenstaton designed the winning badge after a competition was held amongst the 80 Beavers, Cubs and Scouts of the first Fenstaton and Hilton Scout Group with boys ageing from six to 13-years-old taking part.

"This is the first badge in the Scouts' 35 year history and so it had to be timeless," said Louise Clover Chairman of the first Fenstaton and Hilton Scout Group.

The scouts were given six weeks to come up with their design and were asked to use as few colours as possible and for it to be no larger than 2.5 inches by 2.5 inches.


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The badge has been designed so that scouts could swap badges with other scouts when travelling abroad at events such as Eurojam. "The scouts realised that other scouts took along badges to swap with those from around the world. The badges they obtain are then added to their collection on their camp blankets. It got us thinking that that we ought to have our own," added Mrs Clover.

Eurojam was a 12 day event attended by more than 10,000 scouts from around the world with the aim of showing that young people can share experiences and friendships together regardless of their background.

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The winning design was kept secret until a presentation last Thursday where Dan was presented with a scout goodie bag along with second prize winner Adam Harlock and third prize winner Harry Stevens.

The winning design includes the group's name the scout logo, and the text "It's gr8 2 meet u", and the left-handed handshake. So far 1,000 embroidered badges have been made.

The scouts are set to swap their new badges with other scouts at CamJam taking place at Huntingdon Race Course from August 6 to 13, where the spend a week taking part in fun activities. The badges will also get as far as Switzerland when seven of the troops go out to the international camp site at Kandersteg for two weeks in the summer.

"We are sure our special badge will soon find its way around the world," added Mrs Clover.

INFORMATION: To get involved in the scouts as a volunteer phone Louise Clover on 01480 831715.

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