When 10 year old Jack and David Taylor hit the national headlines by becoming Britain’s first twins to win all 33 scouting badges, Michael Fabricant and Number 10 Downing Street took notice. And now the 7th Lichfield Group will be receiving an invitation to tour Number 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament.
Michael Fabricant says: "I was a Cub once so I know what a fantastic achievement it is to be awarded all 33 badges. I really congratulate Jack and David. These boys will clearly go far! We have a strong Scouting tradition in the Lichfield area and I am a keen supporter of both the Scouts and the Guides. I was delighted when Number 10 contacted me to say how thrilled they are with this success story too."
The 7th Lichfield Group will be contacted next week by Michael Fabricant to arrange a suitable date for them to visit Westminster. "And you never know" adds Michael, "they might even bump into the Prime Minister in a corridor".
The story broke the national headlines yesterday (27th October) including The Sun, Star, Metro, and Daily Mirror. The following appeared in The Daily Mirror (c) Mirror Group Limited:-
DEDICATED Jack and David Taylor have done a dyb-dyb brilliant job – by becoming Britain’s first twins to win all 33 scouting badges.
The 10-year-old cubs topped off their amazing two-year quest by adding Athlete Plus to their armful of accolades.
Jack said: "I found it really hard work, but lots of fun. I’m lucky to have my twin brother working with me."
David added: "I loved doing the equestrian badge and want to work with horses and animals when I’m older. The hardest was Athlete Plus as I had to do it twice." The pair started at six as beaver scouts before moving on to cubs after their eighth birthday.
They are now members of their hometown 7th Lichfield group in Staffs.
The boys got the Chief Scout’s Silver Award for six challenge badges, including community work, fitness and global challenges.
They also completed activities such as astronomy, science and DIY and learned how to look after themselves and endangered wildlife, how to sail and kayak, and emergency first aid.
Proud mum Fiona, 47, said: "At the start they did not think they would get them all.
"But they discovered that if they tried hard they could do it. Now they feel pride when they are standing next to the other cubs. They’re an inspiration to show what a bit of dedication can do."
Leader Russ Hall, 47, said: "In 20 years I have never had any of my cubs achieve all of the activity badges. Usually they choose about 10 to focus on.
"It is quite an achievement for Jack and David and for my pack."
Last year determined Rebecca Hooper, 11, of Norfolk, made history as the first girl to achieve all the badges.
In 2008, 11-year-olds Ben Spratling, of Norwich, and Leon Johnson, from Manchester, were the first to sweep the board after the badge total was raised to 33.