Cramlington scout aged 9 completes and collects every badge

BEAR Grylls-in-the-making Daniel Kelly is a real action man – despite being only nine years old.

9-year-old cub Daniel Kelly of the 7th Cramlington Scout Group
9-year-old cub Daniel Kelly of the 7th Cramlington Scout Group

BEAR Grylls-in-the-making Daniel Kelly is a real action man – despite being only nine years old.

The schoolboy has won every single honour going at 7th Cramlington Scout group, making him the youngest-ever Cub Scout in the North East to complete and collect every badge the organisation offers.

From scuba diving and karate to astronomy and map-reading, Daniel has achieved 33 activity badges since he joined the Cubs aged eight.

He has even been awarded the Chief Scout’s silver award, the highest available for Cub Scouts.

Proud mother Alison said: “It really is an incredible achievement, especially for someone so young.

“When he said last year he was going to do it we thought he’d lose interest but he has worked his way through every badge methodically.

“He has just astonished his Scout leaders with the amazing achievement, which is truly remarkable since he is still only nine years old.

“We are made even more proud of Daniel’s achievements since he is the youngest to do so in the North East.”

Cramlington Scout group leader Michael Mitchell said: “In order to get all the badges, Daniel has had to take up activities he had never even tried before such as horseriding.

“It’s been a labour of love for him and a real achievement.”

Gwyn McKenzie, county commissioner for Northumberland Scouts, added: “Daniel is the youngest Cub Scout in the North East to have gained all his activity and challenge badges which shows great determination and enthusiasm.

“These badges reflect young people’s ever changing demands and interests and also encourages a healthy lifestyle.”

Daniel, who lives in Cramlington, Northumberland, with Alison and his father David, an electrician, joined the Scouts aged six, as a Beaver.

He was following in the footsteps of older brother Thomas, 11, who’s now in the Scouts while little sister Aimee, six, is in the Rainbows.

Since moving up to Cubs, Daniel’s determination has seen him complete a PADI scuba dive course, attend karate lessons, horse ride, learn about the solar system, skate, make bug houses, learn map reading and navigation skills, make a full dinner, learn new home and personal safety skills and look after animals.

But the youngster, a pupil at Northburn Primary School, says his proudest badges are in global conservation and naturalist activity.

When he grows up Daniel – who describes Chief Scout Bear Grylls as his hero – hopes to work as a conservationist protecting endangered animals or perhaps exploring the world discovering new species.

“He is that kid with bugs in his pockets and covered in mud,” added Alison. “Conservation has always been his thing – I think he’s going to be an eco-warrior.”

But first Daniel is looking forward to graduating to the Scouts when he turns 10-and-a-half, and beginning again on his badge collection.

The Badge List

The full list of Daniel’s Cub activity badges is:

Air Activities
Animal Carer
Athletics Plus
Book Reader
Global Conservation
Home Help
Home Safety
Local Knowledge
Map Reader
Martial Arts
My Faith
Personal Safety
Physical Recreation
Road Safety
Sports Enthusiast
Water Activities
World Faiths
Chief Scout’s Silver Award


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