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Bear Grylls honours next generation of adventurers with top award


P1030175.jpgChief Scout Bear Grylls has honoured Mark Sinnamon, Chris McDermott and Jonathan Webb with awards for outstanding personal achievement, during a national presentation event held at The Science Museum in London. It is the first time Bear Grylls has recognised young people in this way.

The event saw 145 Scouts from across the UK being awarded the highest honour in Scouting – The Queen’s Scout Award. Local Scout Leaders Mark and Chris from the 32nd Northface Explorer Unit, and Jonathan from the 80th Greenock and District Group were part of this exclusive group.

The Queen’s Scout Award is an honour achieved by members of the Scout movement aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of adventurous challenges, which includes service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, completing a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

The young men made the most of the event by travelling down to London on Thursday night and used BP House as their base for visiting tourist attractions.

P1030176.jpgThe Queen’s Scout presentations took place on Saturday at the Science Museum and began with “Breakfast with Bear” where the Queen’s Scouts met him face to face. Bear Grylls compared the Queen’s Scouts’ achievement with that of the great inventors of the science world. The breakfast was concluded with an inspirational speech by the Chief Scout in which he reminded the Queen’s Scouts of the importance of the 7 Scout Laws and what they mean to Queen’s Scouts. The second half of the day was a more personal presentation where 30 at a time were presented to by UK Commissioner of Programme Andrew Welbeloved and  UK Chief Commissioner Wayne Bulpitt.

The Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, who congratulated all the young people on their accomplishments said  ‘As Queen’s Scouts you have reached the pinnacle of Scouting, it is the highest award possible. You are the elite so I ask you not to underestimate your achievements. I challenge you to use these skills to reach the top in life.’

UK Chief Commissioner, Wayne Bulpitt, who presented the awards said, ‘It’s great to be celebrating the successes of these Scouts who have worked incredibly hard to get to this point. The Queen’s Scouts can go on to be Britain’s leaders of the future.’

Skills, service and commitment

P1030199.jpgThe Queen’s Scout Award programme is an opportunity for young people to challenge themselves, develop specialist skills and participate in community work. But it requires endurance and commitment, and can take up to five years to complete.

Each of the local boys undertook different skill activities with Chris gaining his SPA permit in rock climbing; Mark undertaking the RYA boating and motor cruising course for craft up to and including 40 metres long ultimately gaining the RYA Day Skipper Certificate and Jonathan developing his photography skills capturing the fauna and flora around the Scottish countryside.

All of the lads spent five days and four nights on Arran doing their expedition for the award where good team work helped the group cope with difficult terrain and challenging weather conditions. During the expedition the group prepared a video diary to be used in helping other young people to complete this section of the award.

Since the King’s/Queen’s Scout award was instigated 100,000 of these awards have been presented to young women and men for outstanding personal achievements and service to their local communities.



Further Information: For information on other Queen Scout Award recipients or for further information on The Queen Scout Award please contact Peter Bennett on 07808 130443

Pictures attached –

P1030175 The local Queen’s Scouts meet up with the Chief Scout Bear Grylls (l to r Mark, Bear Grylls, Chris and Jonathan)

P1030176 (l to r) Jonathan, Mark, UKCC Wayne Bulpitt and Chris

P1030199 (l to r) Jonathan, Mark and Chris outside BP House in London

Queen’s Scout Awards

Queen’s Scout Awards are achieved by completing the following requirements:

  • Provide service to the community for 12 months. Briefing and training should be given in order to gain the necessary skills.
  • Learn a new skill for 12 months, and show progress and lasting interest. The skill can be the development of an existing interest or something entirely new.
  • Complete a four-day and three-night expedition in open or adventurous country by foot, cycle, horse, canoe, boat or dinghy. The expedition should involve careful preparation, training, responsibility and review demonstrating leadership and teamwork skills
  • Complete a five-day and four-night residential project in an unfamiliar environment with people who are not known. This project should be environmental work, activity based, service to others or personal training
  • Complete 18 nights away, of which 12 must be camping.
  • Make a presentation, to a suitable audience, of your achievements so far in working towards the Queen’s Scout Award.

About Scouting

·         Adventure is at the core of Scouting. The Scout Association passionately believes in helping their members fulfil their full physical, intellectual social and spiritual potentials by working in teams, learning by doing and thinking for themselves. The Centenary year will provide even more opportunities for members to do this, and to continue to take risks in a safe environment, and have their first taste of responsibility.

·         Over 200 activities are offered by Scouting around the UK, made possible by the efforts of 100,000 voluntary adult leaders. This has helped make Scouting the largest co-educational youth Movement in the country.

·         Scouting is the largest co-educational youth Movement in the UK

·         Adults working in Scouting contribute in excess of 364 million hours of voluntary work each year to their local communities.

·         The number of volunteers working for Scouting is bigger than the combined workforces of the BBC (24,000) and McDonalds (67,000) put together.

  • Worldwide Scouting has 28 million Members both male and female and operates in nearly every country in the world.

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