West Sussex Scouters were honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards on Sunday 26th April 2015.
Bear was joined by Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester GCVO, who is 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.
The recipient from Mid Sussex, Matthew Jackson, is pictured with The West Sussex High Sheriff after being presented with the award:
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 200 different activities on offer by Scouting across the UK.
The Queen’s Scout Award is the top award in The Scout Association’s programme.
Following an extensive programme refresh, 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.
Report and picture contributed by West Sussex Scouts.