All that glitters is gold for top Scout Sam
SAM Arundel, of Staindrop Explorer Scout Unit, has successfully completed both his Gold DoE Award and his Queen’s Scout Award.
Sam is the first person in Teesdale Scout District to complete this for a long time.
The awards run in line with each other, with The Queen’s Scout Award requiring a further six sections to be completed on top of those for the Gold DoE Award.
The Queen’s Scout Award is the pinnacle of the Scout award scheme and Sam has been working towards it for almost two years.
To gain these awards, Sam has completed several different activities which include boxing, expeditions in mountainous country, a ski expedition with his Explorer unit and community work (including nearly two weeks work in the Caribbean).
Sam has been a stalwart help as a young leader within the Scout section at Staindrop Scout Group.
District Explorer Scout commissioner Andy Carr said: “The district is very proud of Sam and what he has achieved, all before the age of 18. Sam is a fine example to all the younger members of the unit and is a superb role model.”
Sam attained his Gold DoE award back in June and was presented with his Queen’s Scout Award by Scott Doughty, assistant county commissioner Explorer Scouts for County Durham.
Sam will be attending a presentation at a royal residence to receive his Gold award and for his Queen’s Scout Award he will attend the annual St George’s Day Parade, at Windsor Castle, in March 2020, where everyone who attains this honour is invited to participate.