Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Badges of Honour for King of the Cubs; Young Action Man Has Won Every Award

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Badges of Honour for King of the Cubs; Young Action Man Has Won Every Award

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Byline: Joanne Butcher ? 0191 201 6455 ?

B EAR Grylls-in-the-making Daniel Kelly is a real action man - despite being only nine years old.

The schoolboy has won every single honour going at 7th Cramlington Scout group, making him the youngest-ever Cub Scout in the North East to complete and collect every badge the organisation offers.

From scuba diving and karate to astronomy and map-reading, Daniel has achieved 33 activity badges since he joined the Cubs aged eight.

He has even been awarded the Chief Scout's silver award, the highest available for Cub Scouts.

Proud mother Alison said: "It really is an incredible achievement, especially for someone so young.

"When he said last year he was going to do it we thought he'd lose interest but he has worked his way through every badge methodically. "He has just astonished his Scout leaders with the amazing achievement, which is truly remarkable since he is still only nine years old.

"We are made even more proud of Daniel's achievements since he is the youngest to do so in the North East."

Cramlington Scout group leader Michael Mitchell said: "In order to get all the badges, Daniel has had to take up activities he had never even tried before such as horseriding.

"It's been a labour of love for him and a real achievement."

Gwyn McKenzie, county commissioner for Northumberland Scouts, added: "Daniel is the youngest Cub Scout in the North East to have gained all his activity and challenge badges which shows great determination and enthusiasm.

"These badges reflect young people's ever changing demands and interests and also encourages a healthy lifestyle."

Daniel, who lives in Cramlington, Northumberland, with Alison and his father David, an electrician, joined the Scouts aged six, as a Beaver. He was following in the footsteps of older brother Thomas, 11, who's now in the Scouts while little sister Aimee, six, is in the Rainbows. …

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