Singleton Scout Group leaders recognised at end of year gathering

CLOCKWISE: Rob Standing (Wood Badge recipient), Kevin Morgan (Special Service Award recipient), Dan Leggett (Wood Badge recipient), Noah Leggett and Bree McDermott (both Grey Wolf recipients).
CLOCKWISE: Rob Standing (Wood Badge recipient), Kevin Morgan (Special Service Award recipient), Dan Leggett (Wood Badge recipient), Noah Leggett and Bree McDermott (both Grey Wolf recipients).

The final Singleton Scout Group gathering of the decade was one to remember earlier this evening.

Scouts and cubs from across the region battled the heat and stood as one as their peers Bree McDermott and Noah Leggett were presented with their Grey Wolf awards (the cub scout section's top achievement).

Then the spotlight was cast on their leaders.

"This year is actually 100 years of the 'Wood Beads' in scouting which makes our presentation to leaders Rob (Standing) and Dan (Leggett) even more fitting," Mr Kevin Morgan told the Singleton Argus.

The world famous program and its related award are eligible for adult-aged scout leaders.

The badge was a concept from Lord Baden Powell, the founder of world scouting, who first purchased a site just outside of London (called Gilwell Park) specifically to provide a venue for the course training in 1919.

Tonight's recognised leaders were the first in the local group to receive the honour since Morgan and Dana Hunt in 2016.

AWARD WINNERS: Singleton Scout Group leaders Dan Leggett and Rob Standing with Grey Wolf recipients Bree McDermott and Noah Leggett.

AWARD WINNERS: Singleton Scout Group leaders Dan Leggett and Rob Standing with Grey Wolf recipients Bree McDermott and Noah Leggett.

"These two had completed a lot of training, they've done 10 hours of projects and they've put in the study and it's all for the kids," he added.

Then the recipients called on their mentor to step before the group for the fifth and final award.

It was time for Morgan, a leader of five years, to be presented with his Special Service Award.

"As for my award, I don't even know where to start," he continued.

"They were meant to slip it to me and bypass the ceremony but they really floored me."

The award recognised his many leadership roles since joining the group in 2014.

SERVICE: Singleton Scout Group leaders Dan Leggett and Rob Standing present Kevin Morgan with his award.

SERVICE: Singleton Scout Group leaders Dan Leggett and Rob Standing present Kevin Morgan with his award.

In 2018 he became the Group Leader of the Singleton Scout Group and now stands as the Assistant District Commissioner.

"We've built the group back up, it hasn't been a big increase but it's a really strong group and without the leaders here tonight it wouldn't exist," he concluded.