Reg's 60 years of scouting celebrated
THE oldest scout in Devon has been honoured in a surprise presentation.
83-year-old Reg Wood received an award for 60 years of service to the scout movement, which makes him both the longest serving and the oldest scout in the area.
The rare award was presented at a surprise event at Plymouth Bowling Club.
The Scouting Association only issued 30 of the awards within the whole of the British Isles last year – from a membership of more than 600,000.
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Reg, from Plymstock, said: "I always wanted to help people and Scouting enabled me to.
"It's always been a part of my life.
"I still really enjoy it and I've made life-long friendships because of it.
"I've always thought the job was important and I've had such wonderful help and support from others over the years.
"It's been an inspirational journey."
Reg first got involved with the cubs in 1947, aged 17, when the Pastor at Keyham Methodist asked him for his help.
Despite moving to Scotland he continued to volunteer and, on returning to Plymouth, spent 8 years at 1st Elburton Scout Group and was District Commissioner of Plymstock.
Scout rules dictate that leaders must retire at 65, but Reg continued his commitment in other ways and took up the post of Campsite Warden at Foxcove near Wembury.
Responsible for securing a National Lottery grant of £9,375, Reg has been instrumental in renovating the campsite.
John Kerslake was one of Reg's first cub scouts and said: "He's a hero."
"He was a good laugh, the group was a lot of fun and they were great days."