King’s and Queen’s Scout Reception
To recognise the achievement of those holders of the highest Award in Scouting the Kings / Queens Award, a reception was held at the Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh on 22nd July 2007. This Event was open to all Kings/Queens Award holders who received their Award in Scotland or who are currently active in Scouting in Scotland.
A number of people from Greenock accepted the Invitation to attend. Some choose to make their own travel arrangements but a bus was organised for those who wished to travel as a party.
A total of thirteen King & Queen Scouts met at District Scout Headquarter’s at 9.00 to begin their day. Included in the party was a very spritely 88 year old Ian Menzies, who gained his King Scout Award in the mid 1930’s, and Inverkip Scout Leader Carrie Gibson who has recently conquered Mount Everest.
They left Greenock on a bright sunny morning and travelled to Edinburgh, arriving at Holyrood to be greeted with rain. The Princess Royal was introduced to Carrie Gibson and Ian Menzies.
To view a selection of photographs, click on the image below.
Returning to Greenock, the Party enjoyed a dinner in the local Tontine Hotel before assembling outside and, led by piper David Storie, marched the short distance to the Mclean Museum. At the Museum, they were welcomed by a Guard of Honour of Explorer Scouts before joining the Opening Reception for the Centenary Exhibition.
History of the Award
Balmoral Castle in Scotland has been the scene of many famous occasions. One of the most famous in the history of Scouting occurred in October 1909 when Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell was spending a weekend with the Royal Family. Just before dinner at a private interview with the King, Edward VIl Baden-Powell was told that for all his services to the Country, and especially for founding the Boy Scouts he was to be made Knight Commander of tile Royal Victorian Order. During a long conversation after dinner the new Knight Hero of Mafeking, told the King a good deal more about the Scouts and suggested that boys who passed special tests for efficiency should be ranked as King’s Scouts.
The King agreed to this and in return suggested that Sir Robert should bring the Scouts to Windsor for a Royal Review.
Up until 1950 all the Royal Certificates were presented at Imperial Headquarters in London. However, since that time many famous and distinguished venues throughout the British Isles have been used for Receptions. In 1976 girls were admitted to the Venture Scout Section for the first time and also became eligible to gain the Queen’s Scout Award. But it was not until 1993 that with the consent of the Queen, that the wording of the Royal Certificate was altered to make it gender free. Records show that since l952 well over 45,000 Queen’s Scout Certificates have been presented to young men and women who have qualified for this coveted award as members of the Venture Scout Section.