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Monday, 25 April 2016
Three members of the 19th Bolton (Bolton School) Scout Troop have been awarded the Queen’s Scout Award, the highest award in Scouting. The three recipient were Nicholas Thompson, who is currently in Year 13 in the Boys’ Division, and Paul Greenhalgh and Thomas Chia, who both finished their A Levels last year.
In order to achieve the Queen’s Scout Award, these young men have spent 18 nights away with the scouts, at least 12 of which were spent camping, and accomplished a variety of challenges based on three themes: International, Environmental and Values. The three have also either done five Queen’s Scout Award challenges – taking up a skill and physical activity, providing service to the community, taking an expedition and organising a residential project – or achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, which has very similar criteria. Each has made a presentation about the activities he undertook to complete the Queen’s Scout Award as part of the requirements.
Philip Britton, the Headmaster and Group President said “We are really proud of these achievements. This is the highest award and to have three from a year group is very impressive. The balance of activity and service in such an award really promotes the characteristics we value at School and I think that is why scouting is an important part of school life.”
Ian Silvester, the Greater Manchester North Scouts County Commissioner, presented Nicholas, Paul and Thomas with their Queen’s Scout Awards. The ceremony took place at Brookside during the first scout meeting of the summer term. The Bolton School Group is one of the largest in the region and is thriving across all the age ranges. It celebrated its centenary last year, making it also amongst the oldest groups.
Nicholas, Paul and Thomas travelled to Windsor Castle on Sunday 24 April to be presented in a Royal parade in the Quadrangle alongside other Queen’s Scouts and Gallantry award holders. The parade was followed by the annual National Scout Service.
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