COSA winner case study – Lifetime Achievement Award

3rd January 2020

The Celebration of Scouting Awards have taken place for another year and we couldn’t be prouder of all our winners.

In celebration of our winners, we are going to tell you a little bit about the amazing achievements of some of our ScoutsCymru superstars!

Next, we would like to introduce you to Steve Burges, one of our brilliant volunteers who won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Steve has been an inspiration to many over his 40 years of Scouting. In spite of some significant personal difficulties in recent years he has remained a beacon for Scouting and has been described as “what Scouting is all about”, “unselfish and good hearted” and the ‘best role model to young people’.

Steve has always shared what he knows, supported all the members of his team and treats everyone with respect - both adults and young people alike. He is kind, compassionate and caring, with a great sense of humour and is a very valued member of his team.

Steve is a champion of diversity. Years ago, his previous troop was one of the first in the area to take in girls and he encourages and supports everyone to take part in Scouting. He ensures any potential obstacles are removed so that all can take part in and enjoy what Scouting has to offer.

The gentle and positive manner in which Steve shares his knowledge with the young people in his care has been described as “a delight to see”. He is never happier than when a young person grasps something he is explaining, whether that is lighting a fire, putting up a tent or understanding what it really means to be a patrol leader.

Steve has also taken a lead role in the forming of a county award panel as he was concerned that enough wasn’t being done to recognise the significant contribution of leaders.

A huge congratulations and thank you to Steve for his dedication to Scouting over the past 40 years!