Clwyd is massively proud of four of it’s young people who were at the Parade of Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle today.
Sion Davies, Jonathan Humphries, Rebecca Large and Jonathon Lister were being honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards.
Bear greeted over 500 new Queen’s Scouts from across the UK, joined by HRH Duke of Kent, President of The Scout Association.
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.
Rebecca, aged 18, from Wrexham, said “The Queen’s Scout Award is a great challenge and gives a huge sense of achievement once completed. It makes you stand out from the crowd and gives you so many opportunities and experiences”.
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 Windsor Castle event has been held regularly since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St. George’s Day. 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 adventurous activities on offer by Scouting across the UK.
Sion, aged 25, from Penycae said, “The most enjoyable experience would have to be completing my Explorer Belt in Russia. We spent a whole 17 days out there accompanied by Network Russia Fellowship, completing many tasks and visited many places.”
“I have recently taken over the role of Network Leader running activities for those aged 18 to 25. Within the first half of the year in this role I’ve organised a monopoly run in London, taken part in the 4 inns challenge in the Peak District, and put on an Escape & Evasion challenge for Explorer Scouts. I can assure you it won’t stop there!”