UK’s Chief Scout honours duo for top achievement

Daniel Smith and Christopher Rich at Windsor Castle, venue for the annual UK Scouting celebration event.
Daniel Smith and Christopher Rich at Windsor Castle, venue for the annual UK Scouting celebration event.
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Two Morpeth families enjoyed a week to remember thanks to their Scouting efforts.

Christopher Rich and Daniel Smith were honoured by Chief Scout and adventurer Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scout Award.

They joined 400 other Queen’s Scouts from across the UK at the annual event to celebrate their achievements.

Daniel is the second family member to receive the Queen’s Scout Award – his brother Oliver gained it in 2011.

And coincidentally, the pair’s fathers, Peter Smith and Clive Rich, received the Chief Scout’s Commendation for Good Service to Scouting a few days earlier on St George’s Day.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting. It is awarded for outstanding personal achievement.

It is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges in addition to completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, which itself includes service to their community, environmental projects, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing existing talents.

Clive Rich, Castle Morpeth Explorer Scout Commissioner, said: “Daniel and Chris have been members of Scouting for over 12 years and these awards are the result of several years of effort – they are very well deserved.

“It is nice to say that they are both now volunteering in Scouting, using their skills and experience to help other young people achieve.”

At Windsor, the Scouts paraded into the castle grounds to music from the band of the Coldstream Guards and following the inspection and personal congratulations, there was a thanksgiving service in St George’s Chapel.

Mr Grylls said: “All these young people have lived the adventure of a lifetime to achieve their awards and I admire that spirit so much.”