Jack Petchey Foundation recognises Scouts from South London for amazing achievements

An incredible 70 Scouts from across South London came together to receive prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards presented at the Albany, in Lewisham on Tuesday 12thMarch.

The event honoured Achievement Award winners aged 11-25 who received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £250 each, already presented. They were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements big and small but always for doing their best.

Scouts in the Greater London South area have received funding of £247,000 from the Jack Petchey Foundation since funding started in 2006.

Darren Lodge, County Commissioner for Scouts Greater London South said “The award evenings are such a great event for the young people involved within our county. This is a great opportunity for them to advertise the amazing work they do and their dedication to Scouting. #skillsforlife Thank you Jack for giving them this opportunity to recognise these achievements.”

Martyn Bain, County Chair at Scouts Greater London South added “I had pleasure as the Chairman of the County to attend the latest Jack Petchey Foundation awards evening for our young people. It was pleasing to see so many young members of our county stand on stage and receive their awards and listening to some of the citations being read out on what great achievements they all have done, and how they have helped other young people along the way. It is so great to see such positive comments about our youth today and how Scouting is helping them gain skills for life.”


Winners included Marco Brickle, aged 14, who is part of the 1st Lewisham North unit. Marco is one of 48 Scouts from the Lewisham District going to Kenya in 2020 to work with some 60 former street children who now live in two safe-houses provided by a charity called Harambee for Kenya. In these houses, they have security, health checks, regular meals and attend school. The trip to Kenya will be for three weeks, with the majority of the time spent helping to maintain and improve the accommodation and facilities and providing activities and games for the children to enjoy and learn from.

During two one-day team get-togethers held so far, Marco has played a full and active part in activities and he is determined to learn new skills and help those less fortunate. Marco has already helped to organise fund-raising activities, such as a coffee morning and selling crafts, to raise money for Kenya 2020.

Marco decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on 43 camping plates, mugs and bowl sets for the unit.


Jess Ward, aged 13, attends the 4th Streatham Sea Scouts unit. She is the only member of the South London Scouts Jamboree Unit from a Sea Scout background and flies the flag for her group with extreme pride. Jess is a great advocate for Scouting and has the ability to juggle a number of different events both in and out of Scouting at any time.

She is a spokesperson for the Jamboree Unit and has attended relevant media training to develop in this area. Jess has been asked to produce articles within short timescales and has always achieved this while capturing the essence of the topic concerned. As part of the South London Scouts’ St Georges’ Day Awards, Jess was selected to be a Guard of Honour at the event, welcoming all event participants and their guests.

Jess decided to spend her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a camping table and chairs for her unit.


Charlie Gaskin, aged 12, is part of the 4th Royal Eltham unit in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Charlie’s mother has recently informed the unit that he moved on from his mainstream school to a Special Needs School. This was due to social difficulties. Whilst at school, Charlie has expressed to his teachers how much he enjoys attending Scouts and often describes the skills that he has acquired whilst there.

Since joining the Scouts and his new educational setting, Charlie has settled well and remarkable changes have been noted. For example, his confidence has blossomed and he is now able to communicate his thoughts and needs effectively with both adults and peers alike. He has attended a few camps, both under canvas and in huts, where he strived to take part in all of the challenges that he has faced. He has also worked with others to safely lead his peers through the New Forest using a compass and map and he is now held in high regards by many of his peers.

Charlie contributed his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant towards equipment for his unit ranging from trophies to tarpaulin.


Zach Kearney, aged 12, is part of the 5th Putney Sea Scouts in Wandsworth. Zach Kearney joined as a Cub in 2014, after moving to the UK with his mother. He joined the Scouts in 2016. At first he was an extremely quiet young person who often struggled to interact with his peers and would always maintain a relatively low profile in a very outgoing, sociable group.

However, his transformation in recent years into a socially outgoing member of the Scouts has been remarkable. Many of his peers now look up to him as an example of how a Scout should present themselves and behave. This is reflected in his appointment as a Patrol Leader for the group. It followed sustained efforts to do as much as he could to support the ongoing progression of the Scouts. For example, he has always been the first to volunteer for activities, be that the annual fundraising BBQ or a Painting Day.

Zach spent his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on sports equipment for his unit such as football goal posts and volleyball equipment.


Joseph Murphy, aged 14, is a member of the 23rd Camberwell unit in Southwark. He is a very amiable character and has a jovial personality, which has helped the unit to bond over the last nine months. Despite being in the younger half of the unit, he is never afraid to put forward exciting programme ideas for camps and unit team building activities.

Joseph’s zest for fun is encouraging and assists the other less confident members to find their feet and come out of their shell. He has the ability to talk to all members of the unit and not just those in his age group, which is a credit to his personality and his desire to be a central part of the unit.

Joseph decided to contribute his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant towards the cost of a winter camp which 40 people attended.


Tadhg O’Rourke, aged 16, is part of the 5th Camberwell unit in Southwark. Tadhg joined the 5th Camberwell unit as a Cub in 2009 and stayed through to Scouts, leaving in 2015. During his time, he was committed to all aspects of Scouting, achieving the Silver and Gold Chief Scout Award. He received his Young Leader training certificate in 2015 and has now completed all the elements of the Young Leader badge. In March 2016 he was presented with a Scouting Certificate of Excellence within the Southwark District.

In 2016 Tadhg joined the Phoenix Explorer Scouts Unit. In Explorers, Tadhg has gained his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Platinum Chief Scout Award. He is close to completing his Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and Diamond Chief Scout Award and is expected to achieve these before the summer when he will complete his Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition.

In 2017 Tadhg was selected to attend the 2019 World Scout Jamboree as a member of the South London County Unit. He has returned to the 5th Camberwell as a Young Leader and has been supporting the Beaver Section Leader for over a year. The Beaver Section Leader said that “Tadhg is reliable, enthusiastic and has been really committed to the Beaver Colony. He engages really well with the children and they love having him around. He recently organised a successful session for the Beavers’ Cookery activity badge.”

Tadhg decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a trip to Go Ape for 11 Scouts.


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