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Cub Scout presented with Volunteer in the Community Award



Ivan Burt, a 9-year-old Cub Scout from Selkirk, has been awarded The Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem Volunteer in the Community Award in recognition of outstanding voluntary service given to the local community for raising £3,000 towards the cost of extensive repairs to the roof of his local Scout Hall.


Grand Baillie, Colonel John Kelly handed over the certificate and medal to the young cub scout in front of his fellow scouts in a packed scout hall in Selkirk. See picture below of the gathered scouts waiting for the Award to be presented.














Organiser, Peter Rae, commander of the East of Scotland commandery of the Order of St Lazarus, was delighted with the award. 'Inspired by a number of efforts by the Scout group to fund raise the £16,000 required for their share of the repairs to the roof,' he said, 'Ivan showed immense initiative and commitment by deciding to undertake a sponsored ‘Channel Swim’ by swimming the equivalent of the English Channel in his local swimming pool. We were impressed by his determination as well as his excellent fundraising success.'


Ivan, pictured left with Commander Peter Rae and Grand Baillie Colonel John Kelly, said: “I decided to do the sponsored swim because we needed lots of money to fix the roof on our Scout hall, and this seemed like a fun challenge for me to take on to help the group.  I love going to Cubs – my favourite thing to do there is play crab football and have a sausage sizzle.

I’m really excited that our roof is fixed now so I can carry on playing with all my friends at Scouts.”


The Scout hall is home to a large Scout group which supports 90 young people aged 6 -18 years, and a number of other groups in the community including a Retired Line Dancing Group, the Community Panto Group, Selkirk Amateur Operatic Society, visiting Scout Groups and is also a Scottish Borders Council Emergency refuge.


Work to replace the roof has now been completed and the Group took the opportunity to have the outside of the hall painted while the scaffolding was in place. The Group has a dedicated team of leaders, but in order to keep providing fun and adventure for young people in the local community more adult volunteers for the Explorer Section is required.