Queen Scout Award Dinner and Windsor Visit!

April marks the time of year where we celebrate the Young People within the County who have achieved the Queen Scout Award at a dinner hosted by the County Team at the Copthorne Hotel. This year we were lucky enough to have these awards presented at the dinner by Assistant UK Youth Commissioner for Leadership – James Clarke. We would like to congratulate Jack, Samuel, Sam and Steven on this great achievement.

They each received an invitation to attend a special event held at Windsor Castle where Three hundred Queen’s Scouts were being honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards on Sunday 22th April 2017.  Bear will be joined by Princess Beatrice of York.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting and is awarded for outstanding personal achievement.  This honour is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, which includes service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said:
“During their time Scouting all these young people have worked incredibly hard to learn new skills and achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards. I and I am so full of admiration for their spirit, grit and determination.  They have served their community, lead others and undertaken expeditions in the UK and around the world. As Queen’s Scouts they are leading lights and an inspiration to over half a million Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that Scouting has honoured them today. I am just so proud of all they have achieved.”

The annual Windsor Castle event has been held regularly since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St. George’s Day (23rd April).  St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting. Since the Queen’s Scout Award was instigated, over 100,000 of these awards have been presented to young men and women for outstanding personal achievements and service to their local communities.  They have learnt new skills and taken part in many of the 200 different activities on offer by Scouting across the UK.

Overland 2018 Hike Results

Over the weekend 24th – 25th March 70 teams from across West and East Sussex took part in the Overland Hike. Over the course of the two day hike the teams had to complete various challenges whilst ensuring they kept up the pace during the walking stages to ensure they maximised their potential points. Some of the activities included: Identifying Activity Equipment, Changing a Babies Nappy, Rope Making, Measuring Wind Speed, Back to Back Mapping, Identifying items in a Bag and Stamp & Coin Collecting.

The complete report can be found here: Overland Hike Final Report 2018

All teams completing the hike were presented with their certificates and woggles by the East and West Sussex County Commissioners, Youth Commissioners and the Scout and Explorer Commissioners.

Next year’s hike will take place over the weekend of 23rd – 24th March

We would like to thank the organising team and the many volunteers who made this weekend possible!

To keep up to date with the progress for next years hike be sure to follow the Overland Hike Facebook Page

Celebrating County Scout Awards – March 2018

In March we celebrated the many achievements of our young people along with their families from the across the county at the County Scout Awards held at the Drill Hall, Horsham.  During the course of the afternoon we presented 20 Gold Chief Scout Awards, 3 Platinum Chief Scout Awards and 3 Explorer Belts.

For more information on how each award is gained see the links below:

Gold Chief Scout Award
Platinum Chief Scout Award
Explorer Belt

We also had the opportunity to present 5 Bronze, 2 Silver and 1 Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards.  For more information on how to gain your D of E award see the link below:

Duke of Edinburgh Levels and Timescales

Well done to those who achieved their awards and we hope you strive to reach the next level!

If you are interested in any of the above awards be sure to speak to your Scout Leader who will be able to assist and guide on starting to your journey. We hope to see you at an awards event in the near future!