Wednesday 21 June 2023
Long-serving and dedicated Scout leader Alan Naylor, who lives in Ilkley, has been awarded the honour of Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM) in the King’s first Birthday Honours List in recognition for his service to young people.
The award acknowledges Alan’s exceptional service and selfless commitment to the 10th North Leeds Scout Group at The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) spanning five decades.
He said: “I am absolutely delighted and feel very proud of what I have achieved, but you don’t do these things on your own. There have been many young people and leaders who have worked with me over the years.”
Alan has been involved in Scouting at the school since he was a pupil at Leeds Grammar School. He left the school in 1972 and then returned as a geography teacher from 1977-2009 and was the head of outdoor education from 2009 until he retired in 2014. As well as GSAL Group Scout Leader, he has served as the Explorer Scout Leader since 2009.
He said: “Scouting is about skills for life. It helps children gain self-confidence, the ability to work with others in teams and leadership responsibilities. It teaches them social skills and they develop friendships for life.”