On St George’s Day this year, Jon Henderson was presented with his Silver Acorn Award, one of the highest decorations a Scout Leader can be given.
Jon has been involved in Scouting since joining the Wolf Cubs in 1959. From there he moved on to become a Scout, gaining his Queen’s Scout Award in 1969 and from then he has held positions of leadership in Cub, Scouts and Explorer units, including a time as Group Scout Leader.
Jon very modestly comments that although “the citation on my Silver Acorn Award reads, ”In recognition of specially distinguished service to Scouting” and is a St George’s Day Award given by the Chief Scout, I am not sure I would call it specially distinguished but I would probably get a gold star for almost continuous attendance!”
The many young boys and girls who have benefitted from Jon’s leadership and inspiration would surely agree with the Chief Scout that Jon’s years of service have not only been continuous but also highly distinguished. There must be many Scouting and Guiding Groups in different parts of the country now served by leaders who were inspired and trained by Jon and it is right and fitting that the Scouting Organisation has seen fit to grant him the Silver Acorn Award.
Jon has gained a lot himself from his years in Scouting, not least his meeting with Tina, whom he met through Scouting and married in 1977. As he says,
“I can safely say that there have been two constants in my life – being a Christian and part of the Church Family and being a Scout. And I consider it a privilege to have been able to have both my Faith and Scouting home centred on St John’s for so many years. And throughout a great part of my Scouting Career I have had Tina, my soul mate by my side – between us we have now served as Leaders for almost 90 years (70 of those being at St John’s).”
Congratulations Jon! We are very proud of you