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.”