Chief Scouts Gold Awards were conferred once more in Farnham last week, as four worthy recipients were presented to the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Mr Bill Biddell, having completed all their challenges and activity awards during their tenure as Patrol Leaders.
Appearing for the first time in their Khaki Explorer Scout uniforms, the “best of the best” were read a personal citation recording their achievements, narrated under the proud gaze of both parents and scouts alike. As well as celebrating the commitment, resilience and skills that it takes to gain the award, it also gave the younger scouts a glimpse of the future – possibly chief scout award recipients for 2023 or 2024 were watching with intrigue?
Mr Biddell, a Farnham resident and a huge supporter of youth entities in the county, addressed those assembled to praise the dedication and success of the four recipients.
Addressing those present he said “This is a time to celebrate a great moment in your scouting careers. I encourage all scouts assembled to follow in the fantastic example of these remarkable people. We can be proud of all that they have achieved, and know they will continue to succeed because of the varied skills, positive attitudes and leadership abilities they have accrued during their scouting career. Keep going – there’s more to do, and more success to enjoy”
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Surrey was also able to meet some of the new scouts and leaders who were being invested, in particular one Queen’s Scout Award candidate who may be off to Windsor next year to celebrate this phenomenal achievement.