Nine Gloucestershire Scouts will celebrated achieving the Queen’s Scout Award at a special event at Berkeley Castle on Friday evening, April 13. The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest award that can be achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 in the Scout Movement.
It is awarded for outstanding personal achievement to Scouts who have completed a range of challenges, including service to their community. The young people from Gloucestershire were joined by fellow Scouts from the Avon and Somerset area at the special ceremony at Berkeley Castle.
Amongst those celebrating with the Lord Lieutenant for Gloucestershire Dame Janet Trotter on Friday was Alex Chestnutt from Woodchester near Stroud. Alex, who turned 26 last week, joined the Scout Movement as a Beaver aged 6 in Selsey and over the years has moved through the Scout groups to finally join Scout Network for 18 to 25-year-olds, he is currently the Stroud and Tetbury District Explorer Scout Commissioner.
In order to earn the prestigious award Alex completed an expedition in wild country and undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment. This saw him camping half way up Mt. Elgon in Uganda, in Oman and also in North Wales.
He completed the final part of his award at the end of last year and when asked where he’d like the initial award to be presented to him by County Commissioner Paul Trott he, in the true spirit of Scouting adventures, chose the top of Penn Y Fan – the highest peak in South Wales. Speaking of his achievement Alex said: “Being presented with my Queens’ Scout Award means so much to me personally. To me it’s more than an award it’s all the great fun adventures on the way, from trips of a lifetime to Uganda in 2009 to walking and teaching younger Scouts outdoor skills in Snowdonia. It’s safe to say the Presentation Ceremony was certainly drier than Pen-Y-Fan.
“I’ve had so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for Scouting. It was great to be presented with it by my CC at the top of Pen Y Fan which is one of my favourite places, even if it was raining.”
Alex and his fellow newly appointed Queen’s Scouts will be amongst around 450 others invited to take part in a special parade at Windsor Castle on Sunday April 29.