Super scout leader Emma achieves top national award

PUBLISHED: 08:22 04 March 2019

Emma Cousins was presented with The Queen's Scout Award earlier this month, supported by her parents and grandparents. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Emma Cousins was presented with The Queen's Scout Award earlier this month, supported by her parents and grandparents. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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A 22-year-old scout leader from Broxted has gained national recognition by winning a special award.

Emma Cousins, who has been part of Dunmow Scouts Group since she was nine and leads her own cub pack, has achieved the Queen’s Scout Award.

The award is the top achievement within UK Scouting, and requires a variety of demanding activities to be completed.

Emma joined the 1st Dunmow Tigers Cub Pack in 2006 before moving to the scout section and she has travelled to summer camps in Switzerland and France as well as been mountaineering in Snowdonia, with the group.

In 2013, Emma, who works at a pub in Broxted, became a young leader with the Panthers Cub Pack, and in 2016 became Akela [the leader] of the pack, which she continues to lead now.

The former Great Easton Primary pupil said: “I have been working towards the Queen’s Scout Award for three years now. The hardest bit has been sticking with all my volunteering and balancing work. It was worse when I had my A-levels, but I made stuff fit around it. I was determined to do it. The best thing has been getting to know all of the young people and learning new skills.”

Whilst heavily involved in scouting, Emma also took part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, achieving her gold award last year.

As part of her gold award, she volunteered at a wildlife and elephant sanctuary in Thailand.

Speaking about her time there, Emma, who attended Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport, said: “It was amazing and really interesting to see how Thai people live and how they take care of their animals.” Whilst in Thailand she also looked after sun bears and iguanas.

Although there are no plans to volunteer abroad again just yet, Emma intends to visit South America in March, where she will travel from Peru down to Buenos Aires.

Emma is the 20th member of the Dunmow Scout Group to gain the Queen’s Scout Award over the past 60 years, and is only the third member of the group to achieve both the Queen’s Scout Award and the Duke of Edinburgh’s gold award.

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