Gold award winners

SCOUT AWARDS: Pictured from left to right are Neil Donald; George Walker, SHQ commissioner; James Lockwood and Penny Lockwood (group scout leader).

SCOUT AWARDS: Pictured from left to right are Neil Donald; George Walker, SHQ commissioner; James Lockwood and Penny Lockwood (group scout leader).

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TWO MEMBERS of the 1st Dunnichen (Letham) Scout Group have been awarded their Chief Scout Gold Awards, the highest award in the organisation.

James Lockwood and Neil Donald, both 13, were presented with the award by George Walker, Scottish Headquarters Commissioner (Scouting).

To achieve the award the scouts had to help in the community by clearing rubbish from Letham village and helping the local parent and toddler group to raise funds for equipment. James and Neil also tried their hand at kayaking, sailing and climbing as well as planning and undertaking a visit to Edinburgh for two days using public transport.

The boys have also received their Zodiac Awards with Neil taking bronze and James silver. They had to spend at least one night camping for eight different months of the year with each camp posing a different challenge. They certainly had no problem gaining their below zero degrees challenge this year! James also spent a week camping with fellow Scouts in Sweden to get his award.