Scouts travel to London to receive their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards


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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Group bookings are available on Thursday evenings   6pm – 8.30pm                cost £5 per person min 10 max 15

Beginning in June until end of August

Group bookings also available on Saturdays       1pm – 5.00pm         cost £6 per person min 10 max 20

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RYA Dinghy Sailing Courses

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Youth Stage 1 & 2                         Age 10 – 16                        Cost £110

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Scouts enjoy annual Splash Camp at the Leicestershire Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Scouts from across the county took over the Leicestershire Outdoor Pursuits Centre for their annual Splash Camp.


More than 250 youngsters aged 10 to 14 took part in a variety of activities ranging from canoeing and raft-building to scuba diving and sliding down zipwires.

One of the Scouts, Shane Shanesictna, 14, of Market Harborough, said: “I really enjoyed scuba diving the most because I’ve only done it once before so I found it really enjoyable.”

Joe Pubjoy, 13, a member of the Ashby and Coalville District Scouts, said: “I really enjoyed doing the high ropes because I never get the chance to do anything like this so I’m really happy I had the opportunity to on camp.”


During the weekend adult volunteer Paul Taylor was presented the Award of Merit by the Leicestershire Scouts President, while youth member Sarah Jane Dove was presented her Queens Scout Award.  

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Chief Constable Simon Cole with Scouts and Explorer Scouts from around Leicestershire

Chief Scout Awards presented by Chief Constable

Chief Constable Simon Cole with Scouts and Explorer Scouts from around LeicestershireThe Chief Constable Simon Cole presented Chief Scout Awards to Scouts and Explorer Scouts in a ceremony last night (Monday October 13).


Young people between the ages of 14-18 years old received an array of certificates including the Chief Scout Platinum and Diamond Awards – the highest awards that they can achieve in their section.

Simon Cole also presented Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze and Silver Awards to the Scouts from various districts from around Leicestershire. The awards were presented in a ceremony at the Scout Headquarters in Leicester Forest East.

The Chief Constable, who is Vice President of Leicestershire Scouts said: “I was delighted to see so many young people achieving such great successes and I felt honoured to be included in their celebrations”.

The Scout Association offers everyday adventure and activity to almost 400,000 young people across the UK. The Movement is the largest co-educational youth organisation in the world, with over 28 million Members in 216 countries and territories. There are around 120 groups in 10 districts in Leicestershire alone.


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