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Top Scouting honour for Mansfield man

Posted onPosted on 7th May

Local Scout Leader Steve Cree (right) has been awarded The Scout Association’s second highest honour of a Bar to the Silver Acorn for further specially distinguished service to Scouting.

Steve, who has been involved in Scouting most of his life, represented the City of Nottingham at the 12th World Scout Jamboree in Idaho, USA in the summer of 1967. He and his family have also worked as leaders at Jamborees in Chile and Thailand.

Over the years, Steve has assisted with all sections of Scouting and has held roles as Assistant Leader, Group Scout Leader, Assistant District Commissioner, Assistant and Deputy County Commissioner.

He has also assisted in the organisation of night hikes, coking competitions, many camps, adventurous activities, and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Steve and his wife, Joyce, who is the Assistant Group Scout Leader at 10th Mansfield Scout Group, have also helped to organise and lead two 10-day expeditions in Brazil, which resulted in several young people becoming Queen’s Scouts — the highest award for a Scout.

He was one of the first Leaders to set up Explorer Scouting for young people, aged 14 to 18, in the county and he is a qualified Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition supervisor and assessor.

The family have more than 90 years of service to Scouting locally. They attended the national Scout St George’s Day Parade at Windsor Castle as guests of The Scout Association.

Steve, currently vice-chairman of the 10th Mansfield Scout Group, also works alongside the Explorer Scout Unit at the group and is a preacher in the Sherwood Forest Methodist Circuit.

He co-founded the C.A.S.E. (Children And Safety Education) programme for Key Stage 1 and 2 youngsters and is a former D.A.R.E. officer.