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Andrew reaches the pinnacle of scouting achievement…

6 November 2014

Andrew Bond, from 1st Camborne Scout Group, has been awarded the highest award in Scouting. After many years of dedication, commitment and hard work Andrew has achieved the Queen’s Scout Award, the ultimate training Award for Scout’s Youth Members.

Andrew with his Explorer Belt team in Corfu.

Andrew with his Explorer Belt team in Corfu.

Half Marathon

Andrew completing his half Marathon at the Eden Project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He joins a minority of Scouts that reach this level of achievement each year having recently received his award from County Commissioner Kevin Allen and Assistant County Commissioner (Explorers) Jonathan Cooksley, at a presentation held at 1st Camborne Scout Group.

His efforts have seen him summiting mountains in Cumbria, completing a half Marathon and giving up over 200 hours of his own time to support work at his local church. When asked about how he found the experience he proudly commented, “By no means has the challenge that I’ve undertaken been an easy one, every aspect of my award has required a lot of time and effort. Working towards this feat has definitely changed me as a person. I have become a lot more confident and when an opportunity now presents itself I grab it with both hands!”

This has lead to Andrew heading off to Switzerland to explore the Mountains with a Group of other Scouts, as well as travelling around the Czech Republic with 3 like mind Scout Network Members using only public transport and bikes.

Andrew’s adventures during his award were not confined to the UK either, completing his Explorer Belt Award in Corfu; a gruelling 100 mile unsupported trek over 10 days, experiencing the people, the culture and a way of life entirely different to his own. “This was one of my favourite parts of my Award, meeting many new and interesting people along the way, making new friends and creating memories that I will cherish for a long time to come.”

Lakes

Andrew on top of the world in the Lake District.

Andrew with some of the Young People that he taught in France.

Andrew with some of the Young People that he taught in France.

Having been a member of 1st Camborne Scout Group since the age of six, as a Beaver, Andrew has been through all the sections and is now looking to give something back. Not content with just building his own experiences he is now supporting Explorers as a Leader, encouraging others to get out there, see what the world has to offer and experience the adventure that Scouting can offer!

“Deciding to complete my Queen’s Scout Award has to be one the best decisions that I’ve ever made. It has taken me to many different destinations, from trekking 100 miles across Corfu, teaching English along the north coast of France to scaling the peaks of the Lake District, it has truly been an incredible experience.”

The Queen’s Scout Award requires extremely high standards of self-discipline, leadership and achievement in activities, interests and community service. It is an Award that should be achievable by all, no matter their physical or mental ability and is comparable to the Gold Standard of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which Andrew has also achieved.

On Sunday 26th April, other determined young individuals will attend the annual Parade of Queen’s Scouts to be held at Windsor Castle. However there is no rest for Andrew, as he will be running 42km through the streets of London, helping to raise £2000 for Children with Cancer UK.

“The Queen’s Scout Award is a huge achievement, one which has taken Andy a number of years to complete. On behalf of all of the Explorer Scouts and Leaders in the County of Cornwall, I would like to congratulate Andy Bond on completing his Award.”

Assistant County Commissioner (Explorers) Jonathan Cooksley

Andrew is by no means done with his adventure seeking “I am always looking out for the next big challenge. After all you never know what opportunities are out there until you look for them.  And so that is the advice I give to all young people reading this- aspire to achieve and you will find greatness in yourself.”

Interested in starting your own Scouting Adventure? Find out more by visiting: www.scouts.org.uk