Shirley Scout leader among last to get Queen's Scout Award - The Solihull Observer

Shirley Scout leader among last to get Queen's Scout Award

Solihull Editorial 29th Apr, 2023   0

A SHIRLEY Scout leader was one of the last to receive a the Queen’s Scout Award during a special ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Chris Nix, Drake Explorer Scout Leader at 6th Shirley, was handed his award by Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, and chief Scout Bear Grylls on St Georges Day (April 23) alongside hundreds of others.

The Queen’s Scout Award, which will soon be known as the King’s Scout Award, is the highest honour in Scouting and is given to 16 to 25 year olds who have completed a range of challenges, including service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country and learning a new skill.

Chris said: “It was a fantastic experience joining over 400 Queen and King Scouts from across the UK, taking part in the day of celebration and achievement at Windsor Castle.

“After a damp morning rehearsing at Victoria Barracks, it was a great relief the weather improved ready for our once in a lifetime opportunity to parade around the quadrangle in front of family, friends and invited Scouting dignities which included the Duke of Kent and chief scout Bear Grylls.”

The annual Windsor Castle event has been held regularly since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St. George’s Day.

The event also honours other high achieving Scouts from across the country. Also, in attendance this year were the Scouts who gave their time to assist with the laying in-state of Queen Elizabeth.

Back in Solihull Squirrels, Beavers and Cubs were given their Chief Scout Acorn, Bronze and Silver awards from the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Meeson.

And The deputy Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Joe Tildesley, attended the St Georges Day parade in Knowle, which saw the streets lined as youngsters marched through the village.


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