Sheffield Scout Archives




Charles Herbert Kelk

"Charles Herbert Kelk started Scouting in 1918 when he took on the job of temporary Scoutmaster with the 26th Sheffield (St Mark's) Troop. He was persuaded to take out a Scouter's Warrant in 1919 and this he held until 1958. The progress made in the following years by St Mark's Troop resulted in the Troop holding the Duke of York's County Challenge Flag and a number of Sheffield Association Trophies. As many as ten King's Scouts were members of the Troop at the same time.

In 1924, assisted by his PL's, Mr Kelk organised the first Troop at the Sheffield Blind School and this work was continued by St Mark's until 1937. Also in 1924, he took on the duties of ADC for the Western Division. He was a member of the Association Badge Committee for many years and its Chairman from 1937 to 1961, a member of the Executive Committee for 30 years and of the Finance and General Purposes Committee for 15 years.

Mr Kelk gained his Wood Badge in 1921, was awarded the Medal of Merit in 1938, the Long Service Decoration in 1948 and the Silver Acorn in 1960. In addition to his many Scouting activities, he played a prominent part in the life of St Mark's Church, and held a number of offices over the years. This record of achievements is impressive, but possibly more important were his personal qualities. Although he was a man of great knowledge and experience who was always ready to help in any way, he never forced his own opinions on others. He was a quiet man with natural charm and was always tactful and patient. The number of men who knew him as Scouts and now remember him with affection is quite remarkable. As, one who has been very closely associated with him throughout his Scouting life, I can say without hesitation that he invariably lived and acted by his Scout Promise".

From a Tribute in Scout News by "WH"