FOUR South Yorkshire scouts have received the movement’s top honour after two years’ hard work.
Explorer scouts Kyle Johnson, Ben Perkins, Joe Bell and Tom Dyson are being presented with the Queen’s Scout Award - equivalent to Duke of Edinburgh Award gold medals.
The four teenagers, from the 150th Wadsley Church Sheffield scout group, have completed a number of expeditions, volunteering and residential activities.
The dedicated quartet are the first scouts to receive the award at the Wadsley Church group in eight years.
Tom completed a three-day 50-mile hike and camping expedition on his 18th birthday.
He said: “Spending my 18th birthday on the hike was a challenge but it was rewarded when my parents arrived on the last evening with a bottle of champagne for us all.”
Joe said the success represented ‘the pinnacle of his scouting activity’.
His efforts towards the award included being a member of the International Service Leadership Team at the World Scout Jamboree held in Sweden this year.
Joe said: “I have been in the scouting movement since I was five, and to attend the Jamboree and to able to give something back, at the same time as fulfilling the residential element of the Queen’s Scout Award is really something special”.
All four award winners are now helping in the cub and scout sections of their group as adult leaders - a further stage on their way to being full section leaders.
They will attend the annual parade of Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle in April.
Their success follows Dom Adams, an explorer scout based in Maltby, who has also won the Queen’s Award.