Meet the Norwich twins who’ve collected every Cub badge possible

Norwich super cubs Serena and Jared Gambling of 15th Norwich Air Scout Group Cub Section, who have g

Norwich super cubs Serena and Jared Gambling of 15th Norwich Air Scout Group Cub Section, who have gained all 43 available activity badges.Picture by SIMON FINLAY. - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Cubs and Scouts are famous for living by their motto: Be Prepared.And the armful of badges sported by twins Jared and Serena Gambling shows they are prepared for anything - having earned every single award available to them.

And the armful of badges sported by twins Jared and Serena Gambling shows they are prepared for anything - having earned every single award available to them.

They started racking up the badges when they joined the 15th Norwich Air Scout Group, and raced through the 44 activities - from aircraft-spotting to water activities - and six challenge badges in just three years.

The 10-year-olds, of Hilly Plantation, Thorpe St Andrew, described their feelings when they received their final badge – for map reading – as 'a mix of pride and relief'.

Jared said: 'I feel really proud of what we've done, and a bit relieved that we don't have to do any more.


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'I know much more about what I have done. I feel more full of knowledge now.'

Serena added: 'I loved the horse riding and canoeing. The watersports were fun, but I didn't enjoy studying the aircraft. My dad encouraged me to do that one, and he got all his books out to teach me.'

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The pair, who progressed from Beavers and are now pack sixers, have followed in the footsteps of their father and grandfather, who were both Scouts.

Sandra Beckwith, assistant pack leader, said the twins were the first Cubs she had known to earn every badge in her 25 years in the movement.

'I think it's a great achievement. They've really had to go the extra mile.

'They are both sixers, and they do inspire others. They're very useful within the group, and they are little leaders for us.'

Jared and Serena enjoy Cubs because of the 'teamwork and sleepovers', and said the pack had allowed them to keep in touch with their friends from Hillside Avenue Primary School, which they attended before moving to Notre Dame Prep School.

And with no more badges left for them to earn, the two have some varied ideas for introducing new badges - including how the modern world is changing, the study of leaves and trees... and One Direction.

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