(Tuesday, 24 July 2012) The Scout Association have awarded the Military Wives Choir a Special ‘Birthday Community Badge’ to recognise the work they have done in the Community. The Scout Association awards only about a dozen of the badges nationally and this is the first to be awarded in Devon.
Beth Gooch from the Scout Association explained; “To earn the ‘Community Badge’ Scouts have to take part in a voluntary service project that is of benefit to their community over a period of time. The Military Wives have obviously brought people of their own community together and also inspired other communities across the country to come together and form choirs.”
Explorer Scouts from Torridge, Jon Ashton (17), Alice Allin (17), and Cara Honeywill (15). S
urprised the choir at their practice night when they presented them with the Community Badge. Cara said “Birthday badges happen every year on Scoutings birthday; they are given to high profile people, who we feel have met the criteria to earn the badge. The Military wives were nominated by the members of our movement and then online voting took place and Scouts and Volunteers voted for them as the winners.”
Jane Batchelor received the badge on behalf of the Choir and said "It's a massive honour to receive this badge from the Scouts. It's nice to know that we appeal to the younger generation as well as the older. It's a wonderful recognition of what we have done and what we continue to do, hopefully."
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