Local Scout Leader Receives Commissioner’s Commendation Award For Outstanding Work

The restrictions which lockdown has imposed has been especially hard for children and young people.  Not being able to see friends, go to school, or participate in usual extra-curricular activities has been a challenging and even a lonely experience for many.

However, despite these restrictions, the 91st Scout Group – based at Horfield Baptist Church – has carried on regardless, enabling the beavers, cubs and scouts’ weekly adventures to continue!

One of the leaders of the 91st Scout Group has now been formally recognised for her hard work and dedication.  Kathie Auton, leader of the scouts, is to receive the Commissioner’s Commendation Award by the County Commissioner and District Commissioner.

Kathie has worked tirelessly throughout this time, engaging and motivating the scouts, creating inspiring new weekly activities for them to enjoy.

Activities include a “Camp at Home” night (created in lieu of the summer scout camp which had to be cancelled due to lockdown), a “Ready Steady Cook!” evening, a “Scout Pride” celebration”, plus “Care for Care Homes” activities which included sending letters and videos of support to local people who live in care homes.

Chris Gavriel, the District Commissioner of the 91st Scout Group, explains:

“Kathie stands out for the exceptional work she has put in during this period to keep the Scouting adventures going. Her dedication to the cause has been outstanding. Her infectious enthusiasm and the care and support she gives to all the young people has shone through in everything she does.

“Therefore, it gives me great pleasure to announce that Kathie is to receive the Commissioner’s Commendation Award for all her efforts by the County Commissioner and myself as DC.”

Kathie explains her feelings on receiving this award:

“I’m thrilled about the award, but that really it’s my Scouts that should be getting award as they saw me through lockdown – best thing about my week!”

Receiving this award is no mean feat and is a great achievement.  Congratulations, Kathie, you deserve this award!