Over 200 Scouts from across Britain were honoured by The Duke of Kent and Chief Scout Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle yesterday, for The Queen’s Scout Awards.
— W Bro. Tony Harvey (@Prestonian2012) April 23, 2017
Prince Edward, President of The Scout Association since 1975, was joined by the survival expert at Windsor on St George’s Day to recognise the outstanding achievements of scouts.
All recipients received a special invitation to the castle to take part in celebrations on St George’s Day, a day which celebrates England’s patron saint; it is also Shakespeare’s birthday.
The proud uniformed boys and girls paraded in front of them, accompanied by a guest or two for the special occasion. A parade takes place in the quadrangle of the private apartments, and a the National Scout Service is held at St George’s Chapel later.
— Notts Scouts (@NottsScouts) April 23, 2017
For scouts to gain this award they must complete a range of challenges. The Queen’s Scout award is the highest youth award that can be achieved in Scouting and takes a great amount of work and dedication to earn.
A scout must:
- provide service to their community;
- complete an expedition in wild country;
- undertake a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment;
- learn a new skill or developing an existing talent.
The event dates back nearly 80 years and is held annually as a gift from The Queen.