YOUNG people who have achieved the highest honour in Scouting were presented with their awards at Windsor Castle.
International adventurer Bear Grylls, the Chief Scout, honoured Scouts from across West Sussex, including the Arundel and Littlehampton district, during the ceremony.
The Queen’s Scout Award is earned by young people aged 16 to 25 who complete a range of challenges, including service to the community, an expedition in wild country, a five-day residential project and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.
Recipients from the district explained what it meant to them to achieve the award and to be pictured with the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Mrs Denise Patterson, following the presentations.
James Hughes said: “It gives a good sense of achievement after many, many years of Scouting.”
Glynn Harvey, who is now becoming a Scout leader, said: “I feel a great sensation of achievement and after being in Scouting since the age of six, it means a lot to have ended my time as a youth member with this award.”
Liam Jordan said it was a great honour and he would use all the skills he learned to carry him through life, while Rose Bang-Sorenson said it was good to receive recognition of the time she had spent in Scouting.
The ceremony brought Queen’s Scouts from a wide area together, said Simon Timpson, adding: “It’s a symbol of dedication and unity.”
Jonathan Harris said: “I feel very honoured to be receiving this award it has been a long journey but an amazing experience.”
Mr Grylls said the young people had ‘lived the adventure of a lifetime’.