Joshua's scouting achievements
Joshua's mum Judy shared their families brain injury story with us a few years ago. She has now been in touch to let us know about Joshua's scouting achievements showing his determination to overcome the challenges he faces. Joshua developed a brain injury when he was 2 years old following chickenpox. In rare cases like Joshua's the chickenpox virus infects the brain and leads to its tissues becoming inflamed which can result in brain injury. You can read more of Joshua's story here. Two years on from his brain injury Joshua still struggled with a sensory processing disorder, speech and language problems as well as fine and gross motor skills problems. He also has short term memory problems. But Joshua has acheived so much in the last few years through Beavers and Scouts proving that he won't let these challenges hold him back.
Update from JudyJoshua joined Beavers when he was five years and ten months old. In December 2016 aged seven years and five months he finished Beavers and moved up to Cubs and was Invested into Cubs at the Cubs Centenary Campfire by the Assistant District Commissioner Cubs, Jon Illingworth on 16th December 2016. Nothing remarkable in that other than the fact he transferred a little early. What is remarkable is what Joshua has achieved since joining Beavers. He has achieved six challenge badges which involves accomplishing a number of ambitious tasks within the Pack or community. There are several challenge badges across a number of themes, from the physical and outdoorsy to challenges dealing with the local community or issues connected with the Scouting world. He has aslo achieved all 20 activity badges which allow Beavers to show their progress in existing pursuits, but also to try all kinds of new things and form new interests. Eight of these are staged activity badges which included:
- Hikes Away where each hike or journey involves at least two hours of activity and have a purpose such as following a towpath trail and discovering how locks work on a local canal, exploring a local town or village while you’re on camp or walking up a hill and enjoying the view.
- Time on Water which involves taking part in water based activities such as kayaking, canoeing or other water sports.
- Nights Away which involves sleeping in tents, bivouacs, hostels, on boats or at other scout centres.