Past winner profile - Celebration of Scouting Awards

6th September 2019
Celebration of Scouting Awards

With the deadline for nominations for the Celebration of Scouting Awards 2019 edging closer, we’re continuing to profile some of last year’s winners.

Next up is Bernard Gravill who won the Lifetime Achievement Award 2018.

Bernard won the award due to his outstanding contribution to the growth of Scouting, both within Penyffordd and Flintshire District, and his previous Scouting career which began some 62 years ago.

Bernard joined the Scouts as a 14-year-old boy and in 1959, 2 years after joining, he achieved the Queen Scout Award.

After leaving the Army around 1966 Bernard became part of the District Executive Committee which purchased the grounds of an old sanatorium for a District Campsite (Raywell and East Yorks). When Venture Scouting was formed, Bernard became the Venture Leader and formed the new District Unit. This was called Wyke Venture Unit.

In 1973 Bernard moved to Wales at a time when Penyffordd Scouts where short of Scout leaders. Bernard volunteered just before their Scout Leader left, leaving Bernard with the Scout Troop and the role of SL. Bernard did this with no other leaders for a few years before encouraging the twinning of both Sychdyn and Bwlchgwyn Scout Troops.

During his time as Scout Leader Bernard worked tirelessly to give so many young people the skills for life that Scouting aims to provide. To this day, many of his methods, activities and practices are still delivered within the group.

After establishing a strong leadership succession plan for the Scout section in Penyffordd, Bernard moved onto his next project Bwlchgwyn Scouts.

The group continued to thrive throughout the years Bernard was GSL with a clear purpose and plan of what they were striving to achieve. The leadership team was closer than ever, and Bernard set himself one last challenge before handing the reigns of GSL over, and that was to open a District Explorer Unit affiliated to the group. 

In 2014, PenY explorers officially opened and consequently Bernard had achieved everything within the group that he had set out to do back in 2008 when the group was struggling. Given that Bernard was 72 years old at this point and had successfully turned the group around, he made the difficult decision that it was time to take a back seat in Scouting and so resigned from the post.

However, Bernard didn’t put his feet up for long. Over the last few years he has continued to be heavily involved with several groups in the district, helping out wherever and whenever he can. He became involved with the restoration of Flint Scout Group, a recently closed group who’s building was in very poor condition. He spent day after day at Flint HQ, overseeing the restoration project, often doing 9-hour days just to help get the building ready.

Congratulations to Bernard who has dedicated most of his life to Scouting!

The Lifetime Achievement Award is one of eight categories you can enter in the Celebration of Scouting Awards 2019.

The deadline for entries is Friday 6th September and winners will be announced at a ceremony during the ScoutsCymru AGM in Llandridnod Wells on October 26th.


To make an online nomination, visit –


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