Soldier's son becomes Britain's most decorated Cub Scout with 33rd badge

Posted on 8:00 AM by Sameer Shah

The son of a soldier has become the UK's most decorated Cub Scout - and now has his sights set on a Blue Peter badge.

Ben Spratling, 10, of Norwich, became the leader of the pack when he earned his 33rd badge - more than any other Cub Scout in the movement's 92-year history.

And Ben, who has just progressed into the Sea Scouts, is hoping that his achievement will earn him recognition from the BBC children's programme.

Ben's mother Deb, a 41-year-old teaching assistant, said: 'One of his badges was in Home Help - which included sewing - but guess who's sewn all the badges on his sweatshirt? I don't know if I can get a sewing badge.'

'I was never that good at sewing - but I am now,' she said, adding: 'I think I need a new arm.'

Mrs Spratling said her husband Kevin, 46, a finance firm manager, was a former Territorial Army soldier.

'He's got an army background and I think that's helped - they go out camping and so on,' she said.

'But it's really about Ben. He's a real old-fashioned outdoors boy - although he also likes his computer games. He's worked very hard to get these badges and we're proud of him.'

She added: 'What he'd really like now is a Blue Peter badge. He thought getting all the badges would be the sort of thing they'd like. He wrote to them but hasn't had a response.'

Ben joined his local Cubs' group when he was eight and took nearly two years to earn all the badges available.

'It was very difficult,' he added. 'But I feel quite proud.'

A spokesman for the Scout Association said: 'He's a record breaker. The Cub Scouts began in 1916 and over the years more badges have been added. Now there's 33 - more than ever before - and Ben's the first to get them all.'

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