The Association has a national awards system for recognising good service, length of service and special acts of heroism and bravery, courage or endurance, and devotion to duty under suffering.
Mersey Weaver District would like to congratulate Alan Thomason, Bruce Lane and Dave McDermott on their St George’s Day Awards.
Alan Thomason has been awarded the Silver Wolf in recognition of services of the most exceptional nature. Alan has over 45 years of outstanding and distinguished service and has been awarded a variety of scouting accolades from the Medal of Merit through to the Bar to the Silver Acorn.
The Silver Wolf is the Chief Scout’s unrestricted gift and is only ever awarded for service of an exceptional nature.
Bruce Lane has been awarded the Bar to Silver Acorn Award in recognition of further specially distinguished service. Bruce has accrued over 30 years of distinguished service. Bruce was awarded the Silver Acorn in 2004.
The Silver Acorn is not normally awarded until after at least an Award for Merit has been gained and a further five years’ service has been completed. Thus, it is seldom awarded for less than 20 years service, which should be specially distinguished and appreciably better than outstanding.
Dave McDermott has been awarded the Bar to the Award for Merit In recognition of further specially outstanding service. Dave has accrued over 30 years of outstanding service. Dave was awarded the Award for Merit in 2004.
The Award for Merit is given for outstanding service of not less than 12 years and 10 years exceptionally. It implies keen, conscientious, imaginative and dedicated service over a sustained period.
Between them Alan, Bruce and Dave have over 105 years scouting experience, held 9 roles and received a whopping 19 awards in recognition for their work.
While all volunteers are valued and integral members of the Scouting Movement, it is important to recognise those that go beyond what is required of them and help further not only local scouting but the movement as a whole and we’d like to think Alan and Bruce have done just that.