The Queen’s Scout Award is the top Youth Award in Scouting. The award recognises leadership and teamwork and requires high standards of discipline and motivation. Scouts aged 16-25 must complete a number of achievements before they turn 25 in order to achieve the award.
Scouts must complete five challenges or obtain a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards, which include volunteering in the community for 12 months, learning and developing a new skill, taking up a new physical activity, undertake a 3-night expedition in wild country and participate in a 5-day residential. Additionally, Scouts must complete 18 nights away, 12 of which must be camping and activities that improve the environment, help them to understand the wider world and celebrate the values of Scouting.
Last year Graeme Galloway achieved his Queen’s Scout Award. Graeme took part in a 4-day/ 3-night expedition in Iceland. They hiked in the northern part of the country and also took part in whale watching and they got to relax in the thermal pools after long days hiking.
Gaining my Queen’s Scout Award is an amazing achievement. I have learned so many new skills, met so many new friends and this has boosted my confidence. Scouting has had a huge influence on my life, giving me opportunities that would not have been possible before.
As part of my Queen’s Scout Award I went on an expedition to Iceland. This was an incredible experience especially hiking in the northern part of the country. At the time of the expedition, I was studying geography at Stirling University so this was an amazing opportunity to get to undertake a project on a glacial flood, known as a jokullhlaup.
I’ll never forget it and I am now planning to take my Scout Group to Iceland so they can experience the beauty of the country.
As well as this, his skill was to learn more about cooking and baking which in part led to his current job at the Cromlix hotel.
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