Southwell Lions Launch Scouts Life Skills Challenge Award

As Lions and Scouts place the emphasis on service to the community; albeit with a different emphasis, it became apparent to Southwell and District Lions Club that if a link with the scouts could be established in the form of a challenge award it could benefit both organisations.

So Alison Sutherland, the District Scout Leader, Martin Cray, a Scout Leader and Lion Verdun Webley, met last September to discuss the idea. It soon became apparent that the expertise of the Lions and the needs of the Scouts locally dovetailed with each other. To this end further discussions and planning rapidly developed into the concept of an award funded by Lions and using some of their expertise.

From the outset, the award was intended to encompass all age ranges from Beavers to Explorers and to link in with existing Scout Challenge awards. The concept was that the Lions award should cover all abilities with the emphasis on participation rather than achievement levels. The award is designed to be completed within five weeks; although not set down as a target and the pilot scheme was set for early 2019.

The award covers five areas: creative, community, communications, fun and safety.

Each area is flexible to a certain extent to enable local expertise and needs to be encompassed.

The local groups decided under the creative section to concentrate on masks, ranging from simple card masks of a lion for the youngest group up to full sculptural heads for the eldest group covering gradually more complex ones for each intermediate age group.

The feedback from those participating has been overwhelmingly positive and the award is now being offered via both the Scouts and Lions organisations with a view to make it accessible to all.

Freelance designer: Rachel Webley, designed the badge (pictured) for free and for use by both Lions and Scouts. (The letters spell ‘Life Skills’ in Morse Code).

Southwell Lions hope that this award and the development of firm links between Scouting and Lions, will strengthen community skills in future generations as well as perhaps improving Lions Clubs membership.

If you are interested in this project please contact us via the website Contact Us page.

This article original appeared in the Summer edition of The Lion magazine.

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