Ken Buckland rewarded for 50 years of scoutingBy Becky Barnes
October 15, 2012
An 89-year-old described as a ‘true Scout’ has received an award honouring his 50 years service to scouting.
Ken Buckland, of Faircross, has volunteered at 1st Easthampstead Scouts since 1962 and his achievement was recognised by Scouts and fellow volunteers at The Hall, Wildridings.
Richard Shirley, who has been group Scout leader of the group for more than 30 years, said: “First and foremost I would describe him as a true Scout.
“He would offer his help to anybody and is always the first one to put his hand up.”
Ken is known for his extensive knowledge of practical skills such as knotting and fire lighting and helps with the annual Gang Show at South Hill Park.
Richard added: “He turns up every week and helps if and when he can – he is more a fixture than furniture and is a great supporter of the group.”
Ken has been retired for more than 20 years but has lived in Bracknell most of his life.
He worked as a senior painter and decorator at Church Hill House Hospital and was the Scout camp warden for a number of years.