Queen's Scout Awards

Andrew Leach, Kirsty Dare, Luke Jennings and Jade Atikinson have been honoured by the Chief Scout and international adventurer, Bear Grylls, at Windsor Castle as they receive their Queen’s Scout Awards. Bear was 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.

Andrew, Kirsty, Luke and Jade are amongst nearly 500 Scouts to be receiving a Queen’s Scout Award at this annual event. Commenting on her achievement, Kirsty 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 particularly enjoyed volunteering as an activity instructor at the Youlbury Scout Activity Centre in Oxford, teaching young people new skills that include archery and climbing.”

Stegosaurus Network Invested

Members of the newly formed Stegosaurus Network were invested for the first time, underneath a dinosaur at a museum in Oxford, following the District’s St George’s day celebrations.

Scout Network is a youth section for those aged 18-25, who are looking for a mix of adventurous activities, expeditions away, and socialising with other like-minded Scouts. The Stegosaurus Network is already going from strength to strength, with fortnightly meetings and activities planned throughout the summer.

Over the next few weeks, Stegosaurus Network will be trying their hands at punting on the Thames, extreme tent pitching, and attending the District’s superheroes camp.

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Youth Commissioner Visits Chipping Norton Young Leaders

The UK Youth Commissioner for The Scout Association, Hannah Kentish, visited Chipping Norton Scouts (aged 10-14) who were learning to drive cars for the first time.

Each of the Scouts had a half-hour lesson where they drove cars around a specially designed course. Hannah herself is learning to drive, so she joined one of the group’s Young Leaders (aged 14-18) in their first ever lesson.

During the drive, Hannah was told how being a Young Leader with the younger sections was both great fun, and allows you to develop new skills. She was impressed to see how much responsibility the Young Leaders are given, and hear all about the support they are offered as they start to run their own activities and events.

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County Explorer Scout Activity Weekend

Nearly 100 Explorer Scouts from across Oxfordshire took part in a series of Jungle-themed challenges at the County Explorer Scout Activity Weekend, held at Horley Scout Campsite.

From completing bush tucker trials, to riding a giant inflatable tarantula, the weekend saw a mix of weird and wacky activities to test the 14-18 year olds. After an action packed day of archery, laser tag, and clay modelling, the evening entertainment began with some jungle-themed karaoke!

On Sunday, the Explorers took part in a scavenger hunt with a twist – the celebrity selfie challenge. Racing across the North Oxfordshire countryside to take photos with ‘celebrities’, the Explorers put their navigation skills and teamwork into action.

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