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OTTERY: Town’s top Scout awarded highest honour

Tuesday, 06 May 2014

A young scout from Ottery St Mary has been honoured by television personality Bear Grylls, after he gained the coveted Queen’s Scout Award. Anton Ashcroft, 18, visited Windsor Castle last month, where he was joined by Mr Grylls and HRH Duke of Kent, the President of the Scout Association. The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in scouting and is awarded to those aged between 16 and 25 who demonstrate outstanding personal achievement. To achieve the recognition, scouts must complete a range of challenges, including expeditions, residential projects and community service. For his community service, Anton became a ‘Young Leader’ at the Tipton St John Cub Scout group and said completing the various challenges to gain the award had been an “awesome” experience. The Windsor Castle event has been held on the nearest Sunday to St George’s Day for 80 years and since 1934 over 100,000 of the awards have been presented to young scouts for their achievements. Mr Grylls, who is Chief Scout for the organisation, said: “All these young people have lived the adventure of a lifetime to achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards, and I admire that spirit so much. “They are huge inspirations to the other 550,000 Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased to be able to honour them.”

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