It is extremely rare for a Cub to earn every possible badge, but 4th Hemel Hempstead Cub pack believe they have the first in Hertfordshire.
Ten-year-old Connor McKinnon realised last December that he had been awarded so many badges that there was a very real possibility that he could gain all 66, so he set himself a mission to earn them before he moves up to Scouts after Christmas.
With only ever a handful of Cubs across the country holding every badge, this was such a huge achievement that Connor’s Cub pack set about organising a very special week for him.
On Monday, October 7, his Cub Leader visited Holtsmere End Primary School to award him with his penultimate badge.
In order to join the celebration all pupils at the school who were Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Beavers, Cubs or Scouts wore their corresponding uniform to school for the day.
On Tuesday, October 8, Connor was overwhelmed when the Right Honourable Sir Mike Penning visited his Cub meeting specially to present him with his final award, along with a personal letter of congratulations.
This was a special moment for both as the final badge was ‘Disability Awareness’ and Sir Mike has previously held the office of Minister of State for Disabled People.
Sir Mike also spent time talking to the Cubs about his work in Parliament and was happy to answer questions that the Cubs asked him.
Connor said: “I know that I have tried my hardest and gave my whole effort to get all 66 badges. I have done things I never had before such as the equestrian badge and time on water and taking risks doing new things. If you want to try something new, go to Cubs or Beavers or Scouts and give it a go.”
Connor’s Mum, Jane Hansen, added: “Connor has done amazingly well to complete this fantastic task of earning every possible badge he could in Cubs, and I couldn’t be prouder. Being a Cub and achieving all 66 badges to date has given Connor an immense sense of pride.
“Since joining Beavers and then Cubs at 4th Hemel Hempstead Connor has always enjoyed being part of the organisation, learning new skills, embracing challenges, making new friends and having great fun whilst developing life-long skills in both team work and personal challenges.”
Connor’s Cub Leader, Michael Albon, said: “As his Cub leader I have seen the work he’s put into completing the set since he set himself the challenge back in December 2018 so we’re all really glad that he’s now completed them all.
“He’s a very enthusiastic and adventurous Cub who gets involved in all the activities we run and we’re all very proud of him.”