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Cub Jade is well on the way with badge mission

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

27/04/14 Cub picture - Pirelli Stadium, Burton Cub, Jade Tideswell collecting all badges....with Betty Brewer..

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JADE Tideswell is a little girl on a mission.

At eight years of age, she has set herself a challenge to earn every single Cub badge that she can by the time she is nine – that is 43 badges in less than a year.

And with just over a month to go until the big birthday, she is well on her way to success.

Her mum Jackie, of Brickhill Lane, Newborough, told the Mail: “She’s determined she wants to get these badges before she’s nine, and it’s going very well. She has done the work for a lot of them.

“She just loves trying new things. She’s the sort of child that likes to keep herself busy.”

Jade, who attends the cub sector of the 11th Burton Scout group, came up with the idea for the challenge after reading about it in her Cub annual, and set about it when she officially graduated to the group from the Beaver colony last September.

Since then, she has busied herself with all sorts of activities to meet the criteria for badges including the DIY badge, swimmers badge and the home help badge.

For one of the badges – global conservation – she has been putting her efforts into helping the wildlife around the village.

“She got it into her head she was going to save the toads that are crossing over the lane. She will get out of the car and I have to drive behind her as she puts them back on the sire of the road.

“She has a different thing going on every night. She loves doing it,” Mrs Tideswell said.

Jade’s quest is a fairly rare undertaking, according to Cub leader Angela Burns.

“It’s quite a task and also a very rare feat. Its the first in our Group and I haven’t heard of anyone in Burton district that has done it before,” she said.

Jade will be presented with all her badges in June – before her mum then has the onerous task of sewing them to her uniform.

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