Dedicated duo earn Queen’s Scout Award
TEESDALE Scout NEWS
WILLIAM Rolt, of Staindrop Explorer Scout Unit, and Marc Todd, of Teesdale Scout Network, have become Queen’s Scouts.
The pair have worked extremely hard during the last four years to obtain these awards which is the pinnacle of the Scout award scheme.
Both William and Marc have been regular attendees at Staindrop Explorer Scout Unit since they were 14 and the Queen’s Scout Award is the culmination of combined badges they have earned over that period.
Both of them already hold their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards and the Queen’s Scout is actually harder to gain as each person needs to complete and extra six sections on top of the DoE Gold Award’s five sections to earn the coveted honour.
Both William and Marc have taken part in international events such as international jamborees and ski expeditions to Andorra.
They have learnt many new skills.
Marc is now a regular volunteer on a steam railway where he helps keep the railway running and William has become a regular member of The National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra, where he plays first violin.
Their awards were presented to them by David Stokes, who is county commissioner for Durham and David Holmes, who is the assistant county commissioner for Scout Network.
Both William and Marc have been invited to attend the St George’s Day Parade at Windsor Castle this year in front of a royal review.
This is an experience to which only Queen’s Scout Award recipients are invited.
Andy Carr, district Explorer Scout commissioner for Teesdale, said: “We are very proud of both Marc and William’s achievement in becoming Queen’s Scouts and it has been an honour to mentor them through the process.”