HM The Queen recognises Avon’s top Scouting achievement

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Sixteen scouts from Avon have been honoured by HM The Queen and International adventurer Chief Scout Bear Grylls for gaining their Queen's Scouts Award.

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, completed an expedition in wild country, undertook a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learnt a new skill or developing an existing talent.

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 all the other Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that both Scouting has honoured them today. They are amazing."

HM The Queen and Bear Grylls greeted over 600 new Queen's Scouts from across the UK and The Commonwealth at Windsor Castle on Sunday 29th April. The Windsor Castle event has been held regularly since 1934 and 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 by Scouting across the UK.

Avon's finest also celebrated locally at a recent event at Berkeley Castle. Well Done Scouts - we're very proud of all you've achieved