Release date: 8 July 2016
Cubs and Beavers in Littlehampton have been presented with their Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award.
The 4th Littlehampton Scouts is the first group to achieve the prestigious award within West Sussex this year.
The Scout group has been learning from West Sussex County Council’s Resilience and Emergency Team what to do in emergency situations such as flooding and weather disruptions.
The Duke of Cornwall Award is a scheme that teaches young people how to protect themselves, their families and vulnerable people in their communities in an emergency situation.
Pat Arculus, Chairman of West Sussex County Council, said: “The whole scheme is absolutely wonderful. It pulls families and communities together and gives these children skills and knowledge that they will take through with them to adulthood.
“It has helped the children to assess different risks and understand what they need to do in an emergency, helping to make them and their families safer and more involved whilst enjoying themselves!”
Chris Scott, Resilience and Emergencies Advisor, said: “It was an exciting evening for everyone involved. The children have worked very hard to gain their Home Award and be prepared and safe at home.
“People often underestimate the capabilities of young people and this award has shown just how proficient and skilled they are.”
The Duke of Cornwall Community Safety Award is open to all young people aged between five and 18 within unformed youth organisations such as Beavers, Scouts, Girl Guides, and Military and 999 services cadets.
To find out how your group can engage with the scheme and achieve a nationally recognised award created by the Duke of Cornwall – HRH Prince Charles, contact Chris Scott via firstname.lastname@example.org.