Thursday10th May 2018 


Join us for an evening of celebration and fun!

Our refreshed and revamped fun Gala Evening 2019 is for young people, adults and Groups/Units -  just fun and celebration! We will celebrate all the good things Scouting has achieved over the past year as one big Scout family in the District. It will be a relaxed Gala with smart uniform.  All Scouts and Explorers in the District are invited, as well as all of our Leaders in whatever Section.  Scouts and Explorer Scouts are most welcome so why not make this your meeting night for that week? There will be  guest speaker for young people music, lights  pop corn and FREE refreshments available. We will be at a new venue this year - The Herts and Essex High School, Warwick Road, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5NJ. There will be plenty of parking on the street with some limited spaces on site.




Special guest and awards
The awards will be presented by Laura Kennington, a British adventure athlete with a passion for the endurance capability of the human body. A strong believer in the positive impact that adventure and sport can have on children and adults alike.  Laura uses her human powered journeys as a platform to inspire and encourage others to get outside.





How to make your nominations

We are celebrating the period from January 2018 to December 2018. Nominations must be submitted via the nominations form by using the button at the bottom of this page by Sunday 24th March 2019. You can nominate anyone from 6 to the 96 – there is a category for all and anyone can nominate – Leaders, Explorers or parent committee members. Everyone who gets nominated will receive recognition but category winners will receive a unique District polished chrome and enamelled badge above plus a trophy to keep. Please nominate people  that YOU feel should receive recognition. A small panel will judge the nominations and publish the results. Don’t delay!

Awards categories

The awards categories are listed below – who will you nominate?

The high quality enamelled badge actual size for winners



Beaver Scout of the Year

For the Beaver who has done their best and been a great member of the Colony.

Example: Becky has been a Beaver for 2 years. She is always polite and helps others without being asked. Her kindness shines through and she is brilliant at each meeting – a star beaver!

Most Beaver Badges of the year

For the Beaver who you think has gained the most badges in the District over the year

Example: Becky has gained three Challenge badges, 1 Staged Badge and 7 other Activity badges over the year.

Cub Scout of the Year

For the Cub that has done their best and been a great member of the Pack.

Example: Tom is a delight and unassuming. He turns up for everything, helps other cubs and is always helpful, kind and has the respect from peers.

Most Cub Badges of the Year

For the Cub Scout that you think has gained the most badges in the District over the year

Example: Tom has gained four Challenge badges, 3 Staged Badge and 7 other Activity badges and his Silver CSA over the year.

Scout of the Year

For the Scout that has done their best and been a great member of the Troop.

Example: Cormac become an APL, PL and now SPL. He has helped many Scouts settle into the Troop.  He has gained in confidence and ability when leading games. He is committed to helping others and do his very best. Without him the Troop's Annual fundraiser may not have happened.  

Most Scout Badges of the Year

For the Scout who you think has gained the most badges in the District over the year

Example: Cormac has gained four Challenge badges, 4 Staged Badge and 7 other Activity badges.

Explorer Scout of the Year

For the Explorer that has grown in confidence and given a lot to others around them.

Example: Chris attends almost every event and he is the first to help at Meetings. He has done excellent work with the Unit and run one of the meetings. He is supportive to other Explorers and sensitive to their differing needs. Chris is also a Young Leader with a Cub Pack.

Best progress on Explorer Awards of the year

For the Explorer who has made the most progress on awards and badges over the year

Example: Chris has gained his Platinum CSA, 3 other Activity badges plus the Bronze DofE Award.

Scout Networker of the Year

The Networker who has helped others around them and grown in confidence and ability.

Example: Bob helps organise a lot of Unit activities. He was a reluctant volunteer when he first joined but has grown in stature, confidence and now leads events. He was the leading player when the Unit helped run the Cub sports day.

Young Leader of the Year (14 – 18 year olds)*

For the Young Leader who displays true commitment and inspires younger members.

Example: Emily works hard and gets on with it. She is proactive, dependable and always has a smile. She takes on any job given, and comes up with ideas of her own. She readily runs games and activities for the Cubs and is popular with the Pack.


*Nominees should have completed or started Module A of the YLS.

Most interesting programme activity

For the Section that has run an unusual programme/night activity within the year.

Example: We made wood burning stoves out of baked bean tins and coat hangers. Having made them, the following week, we cooked bacon & eggs on them OR Very unexpected for the Troop, they were lively, creative and engaging. Getting 36  boys to dance in public and enjoy it is tough work. But they loved it!

Youth Team of the year

For a Lodge, Six, Patrol, Expedition Team that has worked well together.

Example: The Eagle Patrol ran several fundraising events in the spring and raised £77.00 for Help the Aged OR the Hamster Lodge made Steve very welcome to the Colony. Steve has limited vision and they helped him with lots of games and activities.

Non-uniformed Adult of the Year

For those adults who don’t wear uniform and have done something beyond the normal call of duty.

Example: As a parent, Maureen comes down to the meetings each week and makes sure the badges are available when required. Taking this headache away from us is a great support. She then goes to the Badge Secretary and gets the stock as and when needed.

Exciting Nights Away Event

For the Section that has had the most exciting and special nights away.

Example: The troop spent a night in a WW2 aircraft hangar under a B52 Bomber OR The Colony had its first nights away and 24 Beavers had a really exciting time. The theme was Space and they made moon landers.

Youth Community Involvement

Awarded to Sections/Groups where young people engage with others in the wider community to make a difference.

Example: Our Unit helped some old folk who did not understand how to use Skype calls. We did this over several weeks and loads of people are skyping grandchildren across the UK!  OR  The Pack cleared a rough patch of land with members of a care home. The patch has loads of flowers and is appreciated by lots of people.

Unsung Hero

Awarded to someone who works quietly in the background, never seeks thanks but is really appreciated.

Example: Reuben works tirelessly for us – has no children left in the Group. He cuts the grass, mends windows and even cleans the toilets!

Leader of the Year

(a) For the leader who has done something beyond the normal call of duty for Scouting and inspired others or (b) Helped young people enjoy a notable Scouting experience.

Example: Despite work pressure, Irene has not only been part of a very successful and dynamic Cub team but has also given up numerous weekends to camp in wet and cold conditions to support other leaders delivering camps and expeditions throughout the year. She is not a natural camper but gives her time freely to support others in the Scout section, so they can provide challenging and inspiring activities for young people.

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