Scouting’s top honour

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BRIGHOUSE Scout Steve Pratt has been awarded the movement’s highest award in recognition of his outstanding dedication.

The Silver Wolf was introduced by Lord Baden Powell, Scouting’s founder, and is given for services of an exceptional nature. It is the first time it has been awarded to a Brighouse Scout in the movement’s 104-year history.

A well-known figure within Scouting in West Yorkshire, Steve was district commissioner in Brighouse from 1997 to 2010.

He said: “This is a top honour and it has taken me completely by surprise.”

Steve has been involved in the Scouts for most of his life since joining his local troop in the Epping Forest at the age of seven.

While working as a cartographer at Huddersfield University he took over the ailing Rastrick St John’s troop and built it up to become one of the best in the district. In his role as assistant district commissioner he planned swimming galas, camps, night hikes and many other events.

A diabetes sufferer since he was a teenager, Steve had his left leg amputated in 2003 after developing complications. A kidney transplant failed after three months and he now requires dialysis in hospital three times a week.

“Being involved with Scouting keeps me going. I can no longer drive because of my deteriorating eyesight but thanks to Scouting I have a whole army of friends who are prepared to give me lifts.”