Doug’s given 70 years to his scout group

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS - By Les­lie Jack­son les­lie.jack­son@reach­plc.com

A MAN who has ded­i­cated 70 years of his life to scout­ing and who has been de­scribed as an in­spi­ra­tion to the young peo­ple of Leek, has been put for­ward for an award.

Doug Rogers joined 2nd Leek Scouts, aged seven, as a cub scout in 1948. Now he has been nom­i­nated for a Moor­lands He­roes Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion award by Deb­bie Potts.

Deb­bie said: “To ded­i­cate 70 years of your life to one or­gan­i­sa­tion is wor­thy of an award. While there are long ser­vice awards in scout­ing I feel that the com­mu­nity of Leek should ac­knowl­edge the in­spi­ra­tion and time that he has given to the young peo­ple of the town.

“It would also be a very fit­ting trib­ute to him in the Groups Cen­te­nary year. Doug still vol­un­teers as a leader each week. He joined 2nd Leek, aged seven, as a cub scout in 1948. He gained his Queen’s Scout Badge in 1959 and went to Windsor for the an­nual parade.

“He then be­came cub leader in 1967 after be­ing an as­sis­tant leader. Doug be­came Group Scout leader in 1968. In fact there have only been four Group Scout Lead­ers in the 100 years of the Group.

“In 2012 he stepped down as GSL with Jon Lloyd tak­ing over. Doug con­tin­ues as as­sis­tant GSL and he also still vol­un­teers as a Beaver leader ev­ery Mon­day evening.

“Through­out his 70 years in Scout­ing he has re­mained ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing young peo­ple in our town the op­por­tu­nity to try dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties and to work to­wards badges and awards within the scout­ing move­ment.

“He has trained most of the band mem­bers as he was a keen drum­mer who also played with a lo­cal dance band. Over the years he has pa­raded with the group lead­ing the band at many com­mu­nity events. He also took part in the groups fundrais­ing Scout Shows of­ten tak­ing a lead singing role.

“Doug says that one of his most mem­o­rable mo­ments was get­ting his Queens Scout award at Windsor. When we had the ex­hi­bi­tion ear­lier in the year lots of for­mer mem­bers had fond mem­o­ries of their time in the group and all could re­mem­ber Doug and the ma­jor part he played in their Scout­ing lives.”

Doug is pic­tured, below, at the Group’s Cen­te­nary re­union along with Jon Lloyd the cur­rent Group Scout Leader.

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