The Queen's Scout Award

The Queen's Scout Award is the highest award in scouting. The award is the ultimate goal of the progressive Chief Scout Award scheme, and is achieved by completing a long list of multi-faceted requirements, including regular physical activity and community service, a four day expedition across wild country, and much more.

Queen's Scouts are entitled to attend a Queen's Scout's Parade held at Windsor Castle each year, on the Sunday closest to St George's Day.

2016

Queen's Scouts Michael Fox, Alex Mair, David Sugden, Dom Ewington, Rob Fenner and Peter Jones

Queens Scouts and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards for 6 Woking Explorer Scouts

Six scouts aged 17 to 18 yrs old from Woking’s Explorer Scout Units have achieved the highest and prestigious award for a youth member in the Scout Association - the Queens Scout Award. At a special ceremony held at the WWF Living Planet Centre, on Monday 11th April, in front of an audience of 130 friends, family and VIP guests, including the High Sheriff of Surrey Elizabeth Kennedy and Mayor of Woking Cllr Derek McCrum the six Scouts gave a detailed presentation of the eight tasks they had to complete during the last 2 years to achieve the award.

Approximately 500 young people in the UK achieve the Queen Scout Award every year, and all are invited to the annual St Georges Parade at Windsor Castle.

The activities they undertook included completing a 100km, 4 day Expedition on Dartmoor last August and in the worst weather conditions in ten years. This was done after 12 months training in navigation, lightweight camping and cooking, plus numerous safety courses to ensure they could be self sufficient in uninhabited terrain. During their hike, they carried out a survey of the many old disused buildings in the area.

The Service section was covered by either helping as coaches at local football and hockey clubs for young children, assisting with the South West Surrey Concert Band or being Young Leaders at local Cubs Scout Packs in the Borough.

For their 5 day Residential section, some assisted with campsite maintenance in Hertfordshire, whilst Rob Fenner undertook a 3D Animation course, and Michael Fox helped with animal husbandry at Blackpool Zoo looking after Aardvarks, Penguins and Giraffes. Alex Mair spent a week helping at Revitalise in Southampton, an organisation offering respite care for people with Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy. One of the scouts spent his time at Hughenden Manor in Buckinghamshire, a National Trust House learning to use the various tools and working in the gardens helping to plant ten thousand seedlings.

For the Physical section of the award their chosen activities included Cricket and Peter Jones joined Woking Gymnastic Club, enjoying Free Style Gymnastics and also tried his hand at Parkour.

Activities undertaken for the Skills section included Car Driving and Maintenance by Dom Ewington and David Sugden learning the trombone, whilst others enjoyed Performing Arts and playing the clarinet with South West Surrey Concert Band.

Another major requirement for the award had the Scouts learning about religions such as Buddhism, and the Hindu Festival of Light Diwali, as well as carrying out environmental projects with Surrey Wildlife Trust and Horsell Preservation Society. One of the scouts made contact with a Spanish pen friend and learnt about the culture.

All the scouts were presented with their Queens Scouts Award by Joe Rogerson the County Commissioner for Surrey.

It was a double celebration for the scouts as they have also gained their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award with Woking Explorer Scouts. Elizabeth Kennedy the High Sheriff of Surrey presented their Gold Award badge on the evening and they all will be invited to St James Palace later this year to receive their certificates.

All the Scouts had to show extremely high standards, motivation, self-discipline, leadership and commitment in the range of activities and interests as well as community service while building their self-confidence and having fun. The badges the Scouts received may only be small, but they stand for an enormous achievement and will stand them in great stead for their future education and employment and I know they all had a great time achieving these challenging and prestigious awards.

 

The scouts were Michael Fox & David Sugden from the Martian Unit in Horsell, Dom Ewington & Rob Fenner from the Challenger Unit in Knaphill and Alex Mair & Peter Jones from the Maverick Unit based in Kingfield.

2014

Queen's Scouts Sam Parke-Wolfe, Henry Lock, Katie Stephenson, Grace Fletcher, Amy Duke, Becka Eva, Haydn Robinson, Claire Stiff, Kishaan Sutharsan, Hywel Finden-Browne, Mark Haysom, Rebecca Glazier, Dan Mulvihill and Rob Jones with Surrey's High Sheriff Dr Helen Bowcock.

At a special ceremony held at the Lakeside Restaurant at the University of Surrey, on Friday 10th January, fourteen scouts from Woking’s Explorer and Network Units achieved the Queen's Scout Award, and they gave a special presentation of their journey through the award in the company of 130 guests including Dr Helen Bowcock the High Sheriff for Surrey.

To achieve the Award, they had to complete a variety of subjects and activities over the last two years.

Some of the highlights included their Expeditions on Dartmoor, the Brecon Beacons, Lake District and canoeing on the Rivers Wye and Thames.

The Volunteering section was covered by either helping at church groups, assisting with the renovation of the World War Two Hurricane aeroplanes at Brookland Museum or being Young Leaders at local Brownies, Beavers, Cubs or Scout meetings.

For their Residential section, some assisted with church groups at Lourdes and and community work in Goa, whilst others undertook  music and film making courses, as well as looking into environmental issues covering forestry, diving in the Red Sea investigating pollution, and looking into the demise of the Red Squirrel in this country.

For the Physical section of the award their chosen activities included Martial arts, fencing, dance, Zumba and canoeing. One of the scouts Rebecca Eva, has gained a place in the junior Women’s Kayak GB squad.

Other activities undertaken for the Skills section by the scouts included Car Driving and Maintenance, Fish keeping, classical singing, magic card tricks, and playing musical instruments such as the Clarinet, French Horn, and Trumpet.

It was a double celebration for all the scouts as they have also gained their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award with Woking Explorer Scouts, and had their Gold award presented on the evening by Dr Helen Bowcock DL, the High Sheriff of Surrey.

To gain these awards the young people have to show extremely high standards of motivation, self-discipline, leadership and commitment in a range of activities and interests as well as community service while building their self-confidence.

All the scouts are studying at various colleges, in the area including Fullbrook, St John the Baptist School and Woking College.

2012

Queen's Scouts Josh Foulkes, Calum Maynard, Zac Cole and Chris Eliadis.

On January 6th, 2012, in front of an audience of friends, family and the Mayor of Woking, four Explorer Scouts aged 17 to 19 years old gave a detailed presentation of the tasks they had to do to complete all the requirements for the Queen's Scout Award.

The activities they undertook included completing a 100km, 4 day expedition in North Wales and Dartmoor, training as Young Leaders and assisting at local Cubs or Scout meetings for over two years for the Service section.

For their Residential section, Chris Eliadis, under took a Cookery Course in Devon, whilst Calum Maynard from Woodham travelled to Budapest on a Fencing event. Both are members of the Woking Scout Network Section (18 to 25 yrs old).

For his part, Josh Foulkes from Horsell assisted with a Pilgrimage to Lourdes which was organised by his church. Zac Cole from Woodham joined over 100 young people from around the UK, in Epping Forest to complete a five day conservation project, clearing trees and building walk ways and bridges,

For the Physical section of the award Zac Cole and Josh Foulkes Explorer Scouts from the Weyahead Unit in Pyrford completed a gruelling schedule with Weybridge Rowing Club, and entered for the Great Britain trials.

Other activities undertaken by the scouts included, Advance Guitar, Karate and Driving.

All the scouts are now studying at various colleges, universities around the country including Guildford and Kent and St John The Baptist School in Woking.

It was a double celebration for all four lads as they had gained their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award with Woking Scouts, and also had this award presented on the evening.

Brothers Matthew and Henry Pike from the Maverick Unit in Woking, also gained the awards, at another presentation during last weekend.

To gain these awards the young people have to show extremely high standards of motivation, self-discipline, leadership and commitment in a range of activities and interests as well as community service while building their self-confidence – and having fun.

The badges the Scouts received may only be small, but they stand for an enormous achievement it will stand them in great stead for their future education and employment and I know the lads had a lot of fun achieving these challenging and prestigious awards.

2011

Queen's Scouts Terry Wellerd, Freddie Pollard, Thomas Cosnahan, Rory Maynard, Ben Daniell, Chris Mulvihill and Jolyon Cole with Surrey's High Sheriff Rob Douglas, and the Mayor of Woking.

Seven scouts from Woking’s Explorer and Network Units have achieved the highest award for a youth member in the Scout Association - the Queens Scout Award, and at a special ceremony held at the Lakeside Restaurant at the University of Surrey, on Friday 7th January, they received their certificates from Rob Douglas, the High Sheriff of Surrey.

To achieve the Award, they had to complete a variety of subjects and activities. In front of an audience of over one hundred friends, family and the Mayor of Woking, the seven Scouts aged 17 and 23 years old gave a detailed presentation of the tasks they had to do to complete all the requirements for the award.

The activities they undertook included completing a 100km, 4 day expedition on the North York Moors and Dartmoor, training as Young Leaders and assisting at their local Beaver, Cubs or Scout meetings for over two years for the Service section.

For their Residential section, Terry Wellerd an Assistant explorer leader, under took a training course at HMS Raleigh and qualified as a Royal Naval Reserve, whilst Ben Daniell an explorer scout in Knaphill, spent Christmas sailing with The Tall Ships Trust round the South coast on a 75 feet Challenger yacht and gained his RYA Crew certificate. For his part, Chris Mulvihill from Goldsworth Park assisted with a Pilgrimage to Lourdes which was organised by his school St John the Baptist in Kingfield. Jolyon Cole from Woodham joined over 100 young people from around the UK, in Epping Forest to complete a five day conservation project, clearing trees and building walk ways and bridges.

For the Physical section of the award Freddie Pollard gained the RYA Competent Crew Certificate at Windsurfing and Rory Maynard is a member of the National Fencing Association, and competes for Durham University. Both are members of the Woking Scout Network Section (18 to 25 yrs old).

2009


Queen's Scouts Nick Daniell and Rob Taylor.

On January 23rd 2009, two Explorer Scouts became the proud recipients of their Queen's Scout Awards at a presentation in front of friends, family, and District Scout Leaders past and present, at Woking's Lightbox Gallery.