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Last Updated: Friday December 26 2008 14:51 GMT

Cub scouts get badges record

Cub scout Ben Spratling

Two 10-year-old boys have become the first cub scouts to get all 33 badges.

Ben Spratling, from Norwich, and Leon Johnson from Manchester, have completed activities like horse riding, camping and martial arts to break the record.

The number of badges on offer to cub scouts was increased this year to 33 - the highest number in scouting history.

Ben, who joined the cubs when he was eight, said "It took me nearly two years, it was very difficult to accomplish but I feel quite proud."

Ben added: "I really enjoyed my Adventure Badge; it taught me how to camp out with my friends."

Leon with his badges
Leon with his badges
But he said the most important skill he's learnt in the Cubs is emergency aid, as he now feels confident to help friends in an accident.

Leon said the martial arts and sports badges were his favourite as he loves sports, but the global conservation was the hardest one as it took him six months.

Badge changes

The Cub Scouts began in 1916 and over the years more badges have been added.

A Scout Association spokesman said "There has never been so many activity badges available to be gained by cub scouts before, so Ben and Leon are joint record holders."