Chief Scout Bear Grylls recognises Avon Scouts' Top Achievers

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James Baxter, Abby Bolton, Sarah Bruce, Jennifer Budd, Chris Grattidge, Catrin Jones, Mollie Lockett, Edward Lovering, Laura Price, Stuart Sapp, Maedene Webb and Hannah Woodman are being honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen's Scout Awards on Sunday 24th April 2016. Bear will be joined by Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO. 

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 an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent. 

Mollie Lockett, aged 20, from Thornbury, Bristol is one of over 650 new Queen's Scouts receiving her award today. She said: I'm currently in my second year at the University of Winchester studying primary education. My community service was at CHICKS, a national children's charity providing free respite breaks to disadvantaged children from all over the UK, working with 7-12 year old children. Achieving my Queen's Scout Award and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award enabled me to get a placement at University. 

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: "All these young people have lived the adventure of a lifetime to achieve their Queen's Scout Awards, and I admire that spirit so much.  They are huge inspirations to over half a million Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that both Scouting has honoured them today. They are amazing." 

The annual Windsor Castle event has been held regularly since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St. George's Day (23rd April). St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting. Since the Queen's Scout Award was instigated, 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 learnt new skills and taken part in many of the 200 different activities on offer from Scouting across the UK. 

The Queen's Scout Award is the top award in The Scout Association's programme. Following an extensive programme refreshment, Scouting is today announcing the largest ever revamp of its activity programme with the launch of 165 new and updated badges, making up a total of 250 age-appropriate badges for its youth membership (6-18 yrs). These new badges introduce community impact for the first time, whilst the others are based around three core themes of Outdoor and Adventure, World and Skills. A new Disability Awareness badge has been introduced, and outdoor skills remain a key part of Scouting with new Navigator and Camp Craft badges. The badges complement The Scout Association's Strategic Plan for 2018 which maintains a focus on growth, inclusivity, youth shaped and community impact. The changes reflect the changing demands and interests of today's young people who have particularly asked for leadership and teamwork to be recognised.

About the Queen's Scout Award

The Queen's Scout Award is achieved by completing the following requirements:

  • Providing service to the community for 12 months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills.

  • Learning a new skill for 12 months, and showing progress and lasting interest. The skill can be the development of an existing interest or something entirely new.

  • Completing a four-day and three-night expedition in open or adventurous country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review demonstrating leadership and teamwork skills

  • Completing a five-day and four-night residential project in an unfamiliar environment with people who are not known. This project should be environmental work, activity based, service to others or personal training

  • Completing 18 nights away, of which 12 must be camping.

  • Making a presentation, to a suitable audience, of your achievements so far in working towards the Queen's Scout Award.