Scouting and the Award

Kennedy Kamau

Kennedy Kamau Wachira, District Scout Commissioner, explains how he benefited from getting involved in the Award:

"The Award was part of my life even before I had completed it. I have experienced a lot of transformation compared to before I enrolled in the Award and having set a target of completing it, it helped me to focus on my education and even my day to day activity.

Enrolling in the Award

I heard about the Award while in high school but I didn’t have a chance to do it because it didn’t exist in our institution. After high school, I joined Nyandarua Institute of Science and Technology with the aim of continuing with Scouting. I found a few students who were involved in Scouting and the Award. At the time I enrolled, the Award was failing due to lack of persistence and commitment. Because of my commitment to the Award I was selected to attend an Award Leaders’ workshop for three days.

Since then I have guided my fellow participants. By the end of 2011, out of 18 participants, 10 of us had successfully completed the Award and we were awarded our Gold level certificate by HE President of the Republic of Kenya. Now, as an Award volunteer, I currently have 22 Rovers who have enrolled in the Award and about 30 Senior Scouts who are in high school.

My Award experience

Kennedy on Mount Longonot

For my own Award programme I did first aid, cleaning the environment, playing volleyball and an expedition up Mount Longonot. After the Residential Project – which I completed at Good Shepherd Children’s Home – I came to realise that there are a lot of people who really need our help and by offering free service to others we should do it whole-heartedly and to our level best, expecting no pay.

Before I started I was doing all of the activities that became part of my Gold Award, but they didn’t count in any way as an achievement as there wasn’t a target set; the Award helped me to accomplish this. The Award gave me more than I expected and I am glad that despite tough, joyful moments, we made it."

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