Kiran with his Cornwell Scout Badge

A 13 year old Scout from the 180th Millhouses Scout Group in Sheffield has been awarded one of the Scout movement’s rarest and highest awards.

Kiran Rowntree has received the Cornwell Scout Badge, in recognition of his courage and endurance under extreme conditions. The teenager has a long term physical condition but he has excelled as a Cub and a Scout in the group and continues to inspire and influence his fellow Scouts. The Cornwell Scout Badge is so rare and that only a handful of young people are awarded it across the UK each year with only 4 being awarded since 2016.

“I’m very happy and proud that I have received this. I love the camps and fun that I have in Scouts:

Kiran Rowntree

“Kiran’s condition is no barrier to him as he joins in with everything that we do, especially summer camps, and he is a shining example to everyone”.“He shows amazing courage, determination and is a great encouragement for both adults and the other young people in the Scout Troop

Group Scout Leader, Jeremy Holmes

Awarded in front of his fellow Scouts, friends, family and live on BBC Look North, The Cornwell Scout Badge is an award for youth members of the Scout Association. It is awarded in recognition of devotion to duty, together with great courage and endurance. Kiran is the first Scout in South Yorkshire to be awarded the prestigious award in over 40 years and the last person to receive the award in South Yorkshire was his former Cub Scout Leader, Andrew Bullock.

The badge was created in memory of a boy sailor and Scout, Jack Cornwell, who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross after he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Jutland in 1916.