23rd Oct, 2020

Warwickshire scout leader awarded British Empire Medal by Her Majesty

THE LEAD volunteer for Warwickshire Scouts, has been awarded the British Empire Medal from the Queen for his voluntary service to young people.

After joining the Scouts as a youth member in London, Nigel Hailey moved to the county in 1982 where he joined the 8th Leamington Scout Group. He went on to represent the UK on the global scouting stage as an International Commissioner before holding the title of County Commissioner in Warwickshire for the past four years.

For a slice of variety, Nigel has also been involved with the Gang Show on stage as producer, and in 2007 he was the deputy director for the World Scout

Jamboree when 40,000 scouts from across the world camped for ten days to celebrate 100 years of Scouts.

Nigel has spent the last six months supporting the organisation across the county as it continues to run virtually and, recently, face-to-face meetings in line with current guidelines.

Online video-conferencing meetings continue providing young people with activity programmes including a baking tutorial live from the scout leader’s kitchen.

And groups in Warwickshire participated in their first ever virtual family camp, hosting 198 members and featuring 49 different programme activities. Members adapted to the challenges of remote scouting with aplomb, including crafting a marble run out of old cardboard tubes.

Nigel said: “Scouting has given me so many fantastic opportunities to experience new things, meet fascinating people and to travel to wonderful places around the world. This does not happen without being part of a team and I would like to thank everyone who has been part of my journey.”

Visit www.warwickshirescouts.org.uk for more information.

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