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Bath Scouts Fly the Flag at Windsor Castle

29 April 2019

Every year, Scouts from around the country gather on the Sunday after St George’s Day at Windsor Castle. There’s something special about these Scouts though. They’ve achieved something special, and put a lot of hard work and determination into getting there. They are Queen Scouts; holders of the Queen Scout Award – the highest youth award in Scouting. In recognition of their achievement, HM The Queen has permitted them to march into the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle (the only non-military personnel so permitted). 

In order to become a Queen Scout, a Scout must dedicate regular time to volunteering, learn a new skill, develop themselves physically in a sport, and show fortitude on an expedition in wild country. It’s no mean feat. In completing the award, Scouts show that they selflessly live out their Promise to help other people, their commitment to our Scout Values and develop skills for life.

This year, Bath Scouts had three of its members in attendance. Beth Probert, District Youth Commissioner and Assistant Cub Leader at 28th Bath, attended as a Queen Scout and took an extra special role as a member of the colour party. As a member of the Colour Party, Beth had to take part in much practice, help in the preparations for the event and take centre stage in the Quadrangle during the parade itself. She said of the day “I really enjoyed myself! It hasn’t quite sunk in about what I’ve just done!”. She was congratulated and thanked by Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, on the lawn before being dismissed.

Also in attendance from Bath was Tracey Stevenson, District Network Commissioner and Cub Leader at 28th Bath, who volunteered as a steward as part of the Queen Scout Working Party (having received her Queen Scout Award in a previous year) and Ashley Russell, Group Scout Leader at 51st Bath, who attended as an adult award holder.

To find out more about what is involved in completing the Queen Scout Award, or to join us on our next adventure, as a young person or adult volunteer, get in touch today!