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 Stevenson, 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
- Providing service to the community for 12 months.
- Learning a new skill for 12 months and showing progress and
- 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
- 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