Silver success for Syke cubs

Date published: 03 May 2021

Three cubs from 40th Rochdale Cubs (Syke) have achieved the highest award a Cub can earn – the Chief Scout Silver Award.

Through a lot of hard work and commitment over the last two years, and year of online meetings due to Covid-19, Amelia Newbury, 11, Jools Newbury, 10, and Millie Hastewell, 10, have completed the prestigious award.

To achieve the award, the cubs had to complete seven challenge badges including: experiencing adventurous activities; learning about the world; developing personal skills; taking on leadership roles; completing team work challenges; taking part in creative activities and attending camps.

Amelia, Jools and Millie have been members of the cub group at Syke Chapel & Community Base since the group relaunched in March 2019.

Being in lockdown for a year of their time as cubs hasn’t stopped them achieving this award: they have joined online Zoom meetings each week and completed challenges at home in order to reach this goal.

Akela Kelly Newbury, leader with 40th Rochdale Cubs, said: “The Chief Scout Silver Award is the highest award that you can achieve in the cub section. It takes a lot of commitment and determination – and we are so proud of the hard work put in by these young people.”

Group Scout Leader, Dave Tolan added: “We are very proud of Amelia, Jools and Millie – they are the first three Chief Scout Silver Awards that we have presented since relaunching the group two years ago. Well done to them all.”

The cubs were presented with their awards at their group meeting by Akela Kelly Newbury. They will continue their scouting journey at the scout troop at Syke.

For more information about Syke Scout Group, contact or visit their Facebook page @sykescoutgroup

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