Queens Scout Success for Solihull!

Sixteen Queen’s Scouts from Drake, Galileo, Knowle, Intrepid and Orion attended the National St Georges Day Parade at Windsor to be honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Award, the highest honour in Scouting and awarded for outstanding personal achievement.. They spent the morning learning basic drill and early afternoon paraded onto the lawn in the Quadrant at Windsor Castle in front of parents, leaders and dignitaries with the Band of the Welsh Guards playing numerous marches.

Liam Clarke from Orion was a member of the colour party. This has involved him in numerous rehearsals at Windsor over the preceding months
All QSA’s met either HRH The Duke of Kent, Bear Grylls, Wayne Bulpitt or Matt Hyde (Chief Exec). They then paraded round the quadrangle to the applause of the crowd before moving off to a service at St Georges Chapel for the National Scout Service.

The weather held- just- there was a scramble to talk to Bear (!), the marching was OK (!) and the company was great.

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 Scouting has honoured them today. They are amazing.”

Amongst numerous leaders present were 4 Solihull leaders who had gained their Silver Acorn; Kathy Lakin, Paul Webb, Jill Bowman and Ninian Bowman.

IMG_2450 Achieving the Queen’s Scout Award
Explorer Scout and Scout Network members aged under 25 need to complete a series of requirements;

– Providing service to the community for 12 months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skill
– Learning a new skill for 12 months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be the development of an existing interest or something entirely new.
– Completing a four-day and three-night expedition in open or adventurous country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review demonstrating leadership and teamwork skills
– Completing a five-day and four-night residential project in an unfamiliar environment with people who are not known. This project should be environmental work, activity based, service to others or personal training
– Completing 18 nights away, of which 12 must be camping.
– Making a presentation, to a suitable audience, of your achievements so far in working towards the Queen’s Scout Award.