Our 7th Birthday BBQ

Wild Wolf ESU was set up in 2009, and since then we’ve participated in many crazy activities and been to many new places. Last night, we invited our family and friends to Scout Park, to celebrate our 7th birthday with a barbecue and the presentation of several prestigious awards.

We were very pleased to welcome the Deputy Mayor for Haringey, Stephen Mann, who said a few kind words about our commitment and achievements. He then presented several Explorers with a wide range of activity badges, two Jack Petchey Awards, two DofE Bronze Awards, a DofE Silver Award and finally, a Gold DofE and Queen’s Scout Award – the highest youth award in Scouting – to one of our ex-Explorers, Theo Hodge.
Theo is now a Leader at 8th Muswell Hill, the group where he first joined the Scout Movement many years ago, as a Beaver Scout. He did the expedition for his QSA by Open Canoe on the River Wye.

The Deputy Mayor presenting Theo with his Queen’s Scout Award
We then carefully handed the microphone to Fozzy. Fortunately, he must have been feeling unwell, because he didn’t tell any bad jokes at all! Instead he said some really nice things about all that Wild Wolf Explorer Scout Unit has achieved in the past seven years (as you can imagine, it was a pretty long list!), and congratulated us for being such a youth-led and youth-shaped Unit – something that Wild Wolf has always been proud of. Marlon received his Explorer Belt certificate, and Fozzy also presented Annie and Phil with their Wood Badges, as they have now completed all of their Leader training.
Fozzy presented Annie and Phil with their Wood badges
Annie and Phil being awarded their well-deserved Wood Badges
Then, of course, it was time for the part we’d all secretly been waiting for: the food! Once one of our seven birthday cakes had been cut with great ceremony, Explorers, parents and friends alike hurried to form a queue for the BBQ. With a few Explorers in charge of serving up a delicious array of food (stuffed peppers, both meat and veggie kebabs, burgers, sausages, chicken, and more…) everyone was soon served. Some people also took advantage of our pioneered sofa, a summer camp classic, that we had set up specially for the occasion.
For some reason, we thought leaving Ned in charge of the cake was a good idea...
It wouldn’t be a birthday without cake, would it?
Thank you to everyone who came to our BBQ and enjoyed the food, drink and music. We loved having the opportunity to show everybody a bit more about what makes Wild Wolf so special, and hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!
Now it’s time to round off the school year with our annual summer camp: bring on Switzerland!

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