East Lancashire’s County Commissioner, Glen Fendall was honoured with one of scouting’s highest awards at a ceremony at Windsor Castle. Fendall rubbed shoulders with the Duke of Kent and Chief Scout Bear Grylls. His partner, Joanne Carey, who is responsible for the Explorer Scouts section and is also the area’s safeguarding officer, accompanied him to Windsor Castle.
Fendall, who is from Billington, has participated in some capacity in the scouts for over 35 years. At the St George’s Day ceremony, he received the Silver Wolf “for services of the most exceptional character.” Lord Robert Baden-Powell originally instituted this award, which is rarely handed out. The Silver Wolf hangs from a dark-green and yellow ribbon. It is an “unrestricted gift of the Chief Scout.”
Fendall originally was not interested in the group’s ideas. However, he helped run a pack as a teenager, and that is where it changed for him. He moved to Lancashire over 20 years ago and became involved with a troop in Whalley. Later, he became Clitheroe’s District Commissioner and was Deputy Commissioner before assuming his current role as County Commissioner.
Fendall told the East Lancashire Telegraph about the organisation: “We are always talking about ‘skills for life’ in the scouts.
“People might think we are all about boys going camping and having adventures. But we are mixed, as everyone now knows, and while there are camps and similar activities, we are able to offer much more.”
He described what his life would be like if he had not gotten involved in the scouts: “If I’m honest, my life would have been completely different if it was not for scouting as it’s helped me out in a number of different aspects.
“It was a memorable way to celebrate my birthday, and the weather was nice to us.”
The Duke of Kent and the Chief Scout inspected the parade later as part of the event.