High-achieving Scouts have travelled to London to receive their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards from the Duke himself.
Joe Putt, Matt Robinson, Suzie Harrison and Sarah Dolby were among Scouts from around the country attending the ceremony at St James’s Palace in the capital last week.
Joe, 23, of Loughborough, said: “It was amazing and it was a really great trip.
“It was nice to get to go into one of the royal palaces and receive the award from the Duke of Edinburgh himself
“He was really chatty and wanted to know what we’ve been doing to earn the awards.
“I went with my mum, who received her own Duke of Edinburgh award from him in 1977, so he had a nice chat with her, too!”
To complete the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award the youngsters have to complete a number of tasks in their community and elsewhere.
Matt, 23, of Loughborough, travelled to Namibia to help build a school, as well as working as a Beaver group leader.
Suzie, 20, of Woodhouse Eaves, did a four-day walking expedition in Yorkshire and worked with youngsters at an outward-bound centre.
Her dad, Mike, who went with her to London, said: “It was great to go to St James’s Palace. It’s a very impressive building and there were hundreds of people there.
“Suzie’s in her second year at Lincoln University so she came down to London for the ceremony.
“The Duke of Edinburgh was on fine form and looking very good for 93.
“He challenged all the parents about whether we had done our Duke of Edinburgh awards but unfortunately most of us hadn’t!”
This year Sarah, 24, of Birstall, as well as Joe and Suzie, have also completed their Queen’s Scout Award – the highest honour a Scout can receive from the organisation.
The award is aimed at the oldest two sections, Explorers and Network Scouts, who are aged between 16 and 25.
Joe and Sarah completed the award back in May and were presented with them at a special celebration evening at Birstall Scout HQ earlier this month.
County secretary Adrian Wray presented Sarah with her award.
He said: “You don’t get may chances to present these awards. “Sarah is an active leader and all these skills she has learnt during the award will be seen by the young people she works with each week.
“It’s a very proud moment.”
Suzie was presented with her award while helping out at the NORJAM 2014 Scout jamboree in Norfolk in August.
County network commissioner Phill Sparks surprised Suzie with her award during her evening shift.
Suzie said: “It was a very unexpected surprise.
“It was such a perfect way to present me with my award and I hope it encouraged the young people who were there to see someone receive it.”
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