36 Scouts from across the county are being invited to the County Scout Center in Blaby to receive a variety of awards, including the Chief Scout Award and the Duke of Edinburgh.
On this occasion the highest award in scouting, the Queen Scout Award, is being given out to three Scouts from Market Harborough, who will be heading to Windsor for the annual Queen Scout’s Parade later this year.
Erin Billington, a Market Harborough Networker, explained “One of the best bits about my Queen’s Scout Award was the residential section – I spent a week with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service learning how to wire up hoses from hydrants into engines, put a fire out and how to rescue people from burning buildings”.
To gain the Chief Scout Award or Queen Scout Award, the young person takes part in many challenges, many of which involve practical skills, team work and determination. Each level progressively gets harder, but is worthwhile.
Along with showing a commitment to Scouting, the awardee must complete two of the three fundamental sections; Environment, Faith and International. They then must also complete either the Award Challenges or the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Adam Tate, the only person receiving his Diamond Chief Scout Award, explained, “To have been part of the Chief Scout Diamond award is such a rewarding experience – and even the aching feet after the expeditions can’t do anything to lessen the magnificent time I had”
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is also a great achievement, with the participant completing a number of months experience in the three areas, Service, Skills and Physical Recreation.
Those taking part must then complete a hike over a set distance, which really can test team work and map skills, as George Parkinson remembered;
“We spent an age going round a quarry and got close to mental frustration! I have never disliked quarries so much before this!”
Presenting the awards is Regional Commissioner for the East Midlands, Dean Smith, a former leader from the County of Northampton. All of the award holder’s leaders and parents were invited.
Written by James Hage