Model Scout from Barking wins award for dedication
PUBLISHED: 17:50 13 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:10 15 November 2013
A dedicated Scout from Barking won an award for his commitment to the youth organisation.
Justin Godwin-Samuel, 13, of Sterry Road, took home an outstanding achiever prize at the Jack Petchey Foundation’s awards evening for Scouts.
Justin, who was nominated by his group, the 11th Barking and Dagenham Scouts, was joined on the night by proud parents Janice and Sammy.
He was selected for his dedication to obtaining his badges.
Justin said: “I was excited when I was told that I was nominated and when we received the letter saying that I had won the Jack Petchey award, I was very proud.
“Our family, friends and my godparents kept calling and texting me to say how proud they were of me. My mum had told everyone! My form teacher told me that she was very pleased and proud of my achievement.”
Janice said Justin is a passionate member of the group, attending every meeting and helping out with the younger members - as well as finding time for other extra-curricular activities such as squash and playing the saxophone.
She added: “We were really excited, it is just an amazing achievement that he has managed to do.
“It was also the fact that he was recognised by such a fantastic fund and that he made that impact at his Scout group.”
Janice believes the event and others like it are important because they highlight the talents of young people.
“It was quite humbling to see all these young people winning awards. Young people do get a bad name.
“But you have these young people joining the scouts and staying during their teens. You just have to encourage them to try their best at all times.”