Chief Scout Bear Grylls has recognised West Sussex young people among Scouting’s top achievers.
Arundel and Littlehampton District Scouts Joseph Follows and Jonathan Harris were among those honoured by Bear and Prince Michael of Kent at Windsor Castle on Sunday for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards.
Bear 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 over half a million Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that Scouting has honoured them today. They are amazing.”
Michael Bulley from Arundel and Littlehampton District Scouts also achieved the Queen’s Scout Award but was unable to attend the ceremony.
The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting and is awarded for outstanding personal achievement.
It is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, which include 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 annual Windsor Castle event has been held regularly since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St George’s Day, as St George is the Patron Saint of Scouting.
Since the Queen’s Scout Award was instigated, more than 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 learned new skills and taken part in many of the 200 different activities on offer by Scouting across the UK.
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