Explorer Scouts win awards

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Two Explorer Scouts from Mansfield have recently received individual national Scouting awards for their actions and conduct.

Ella Kistner from the 5th Mansfield Sea Scout Explorer unit, and Callum Mills from Cargo Explorers were presented with their awards by District Commissioner Keith Morris, on behalf of Chief Scout Bear Grylls.

Ella was awarded a Chief Scout’s commendation for meritorious conduct after rescuing a man who fell off his kayak after it capsized on the Ardeche River in France.

Her Scout leader Trevor Lowe said: “Ella acted in a calm and professional manner during the rescue which I am in no doubt was due to her scout training.”

Callum was awarded the Chief Scout’s Medal for meritorious conduct “in recognition of his cheerful determination to Scouting despite coping with many physical health difficulties.”

Since joining the 10th Mansfield Cub Pack in July 2007, Callum has overcome his physical difficulties, which include partial deafness, and problems with speech and co-ordination.

Callum had also had a tracheotomy when he first joined the group, but since that was reversed, he has been able to enjoy and take part in the activities just like all the other members.

Group leader Joyce Cree said: “Callum’s determination and enthusiasm is an example to us all and I am really pleased he joined our group.

“When told that, for safety reasons, he cannot be allowed to try an activity his response is always “why?”

“He does not take ‘No’ lightly and is a true inspiration to others.”