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2010 Birthday Badge winners

The contribution of inspirational public figures has again been recognised in the annual Scout Birthday Honours List. This year, Sir David Attenborough, Eddie Izzard and Julia Bradbury are among those with special reason to celebrate Scouting’s birthday.

Scouts from all over the UK participated in an online poll to decide the recipients. Those shortlisted in each of the 15 categories have encouraged others to try new activities and learn new skills and the winners are presented with a special Scout Birthday Badge to honour their achievements.

For Roy Stride, lead vocalist with chart-toppers Scouting for Girls who struck the right note in the Musician category, the award holds particular significance: ‘I met Pete (Ellard - Drummer) when we were both starting out as Cubs, so Scouting holds a very special place in our hearts. It’s great that Scouting encourages young people to take up musical instruments – record labels everywhere take note.’

‘Adventurous and inquisitive’

Blue Peter’s Helen Skelton paddled her way to the Canoeist Award by kayaking down the Amazon to raise money for Sport Relief. ‘Scouts up and down the country take part in canoeing on their local rivers and experience the same thrills I did – it’s a great organisation and I’m happy to offer my support,’ she said.

A number of winners were Scouts themselves, including novelist Jodi Picoult, chef Ainsley Harriot and Richard Hammond. Indeed the Top Gear and Brainiac presenter reflected on his time spent Scouting: ‘I look back on my days making periscopes and pin hole cameras very fondly. Young people should always be adventurous and inquisitive and Scouting offers a huge amount of opportunities to foster this.’

Inspire young people

Chief Scout Bear Grylls congratulated the winners and said they were an inspiration to adults and young people everywhere to get involved in Scouting. ‘Scouting is proud to recognise those who have inspired young people during the past year. Across the UK, young people have voted for those who have demonstrated the skills that are required to attain an honorary Scout badge.

‘Inspiring young people is vitally important and the people receiving these awards join the thousands of ordinary adults across the UK who inspire young people week in week out in their normal leadership roles. Heroes – one and all.’


It’s easy to join the ranks of ‘heroes’ and get involved in Scouting as an adult volunteer.


The full list of 2010 Scout Birthday Badge winners:

• Athlete - Eddie Izzard
• Communicator - Julia Bradbury
• Canoeist - Helen Skelton
• Cyclist - David Walliams
• Entertainer - James Corden
• Musician - Scouting for Girls
• Healthy Eating - Ainsley Harriott
• Faith - Archbishop of York
• Naturalist - Sir David Attenborough
• Performing Arts - Spelbound
• Racquet Sports - Nick Matthew
• Scientist - Richard Hammond
• Swimming - Shelagh Fogarty
• Sports Enthusiast - Amy Williams
• Writer - Jodi Picoult


A number of this year's winners met with Scouts to receive their Badges. You can view the photographs on the UK Scout Flickr site.

Watch videos of Sir David Attenborough and Richard Hammond accepting their Badges and discussing their time as Scouts.



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