On 24th April Chief Scout Bear Grylls honoured nearly 300 Scouts from all around the country with their Queen’s Scout awards.
They were presented with the award at Windsor Castle and joined by Scout Ambassadors Warwick Davis and Tim Peake, in front of family and friends in what was a fantastic celebration of achievement.
The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting and is awarded for outstanding personal achievement.
This honour is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, which includes service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in a new environment, developing an existing talent or learning some new skills to build on what they have already learnt in the Scouts.
These young people will have shown that they are dedicated and willing to learn all they can, which will provide them with opportunities to gain skills for life.
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “Queen’s Scout award recipients are the absolute pinnacle of determination, grit, and perseverance. They’ve contributed to their communities and developed skills along the way, and earning their Queen’s Scout awards is just another step in their journey to personal growth. These Scouts are an inspiration to all others around the world thanks to their hard work and I find myself full of admiration for every single one of them.”
There were 11 young people from the county awarded their Queen Scout Award:
Paul Bell, the lead volunteer for Scouts in Hampshire, praised the young people for their achievements. He said: "It’s absolutely fantastic to see 11 young people from Hampshire awarded their Queen’s Scout Awards at Windsor over the weekend. Each of them has had a unique experience, and have made memories for life, so the ceremony is the perfect way to celebrate. I’m really impressed by their achievement and am confident this will inspire many other young people to work towards the same in years to come."
The annual Windsor Castle event has been held since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St. George's Day.
St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting. Since the Queen’s Scout Award began, over 100,000 of these awards have been presented to young men and women for outstanding personal achievements and service to their local communities.
They have learned new life skills and developed them into what will one day be useful for their careers.
Scouting offers over 200 different activities varying from archery to kayaking with all of them being tailored to help young people develop skills for life in the most effective way possible.