Top Achievers Recognised by Chief Scout

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Over 30 young adults from across Avon are being honoured by Chief Scout and international adventurer, Bear Grylls, today at Windsor Castle as they receive their Queen's Scout Awards. Bear will be joined by Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester GCVO, who is the cousin of HM The Queen. 

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.

Becci Horler, 24, from Radstock, is one of nearly 500 Scouts to be receiving a Queen's Scout Award today at this annual event. Commenting on her achievement, Becci said: "Working for my Queen's Scout Award has been such an incredible experience and I've learnt so much along the way. I've been involved in an inspirational community project, which saw me building houses for gypsy families in Romania, while learning all sorts of building skills. I've also been working in a local primary school and have loved getting to know the local children there. My Queen's Scout expedition took place in The New Forest, where I studied the impact of the Second World War on the natural landscape." 

Tracey StevAvon Queen Scouts 2015 Ethanenson, former county Network Chair, from Bath, said "Doing the queen scout award was once in lifetime chance, it has taking me about 2 years to complete. The most challenge part of the award was the expedition, due to me having Scolosis which is the curve of the spine. I completed it with the help and support of my follow  team members and all my scouting friends. I feel very proud to have received this award and feel I have learnt a lot about working as team and working with other people you make not know.

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 the other 550,000 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 250 different activities on offer by Scouting across the UK. 

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

  • Providing service to the community for 12 months. 
  • Learning a new skill for 12 months and showing progress and lasting interest.
  • 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 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