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David Haytack of 1st Forres Scout Group nominated for Award for Merit

By Garry McCartney

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Dave Haytack of 1st Forres Scouts is to receive the Award for Merit for his dedication over nearly 20 years.
Dave Haytack of 1st Forres Scouts is to receive the Award for Merit for his dedication over nearly 20 years.

A FORRES man is one of nine leaders across Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City, to be nominated for awards for outstanding service to the Scouts.

Former community warden David Haytack’s commitment to 1st Forres Scout Group has been recognised by the scout’s National Awards Advisory Group, who are presenting him with the Award for Merit.

David’s fellow volunteers sent the Scout Association a citation for the accolade.

It reads: “For nearly two decades David has been a keen individual within the Forres Scouts. Following many years as an integral part of the Cub section, David took on the role of assistant group Scout leader. He has since maintained the high standards of scouting in the area with enthusiasm and willingness. David is remembered by many for the experience and skills he passed on to them, as well as his camp cooking.”

David was awarded the Chief Scouts Commendation in 2007.

The citation continues: “He still encompasses the values that lead to that award. David has ensured many members have passed regional trainer safeguarding courses. He also spent four years as assistant district commissioner for Cubs in Moray. David continued to run a quality program for his section, and assist with the running of the 1st Forres Scout Group.”

David will be given his award formally when restrictions allow.

North-east regional commissioner, Dougie Simmers, said the efforts of volunteers, including David, have risen to current challenges.

He said: “Young people have reported improved wellbeing thanks to our volunteers. I am delighted they have been recognised for their service.”

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