John McDonnell MP presented the Queens Scout award to James Grant on Tuesday 9th December at The Parish Centre next to St Raphael’s Church, Ayles Road.

The Queen’s Scout Award (formerly known as the King’s Scout Award) is the culmination of everything that a young person can do in Scouting. It was introduced by King Edward V11 in October 1909 after a meeting with Lieutenant-General Robert Baden-Powell. After the death of King George VI in 1952, Queen Elizabeth 11 gave her approval for the King’s Scout Badge to be known as the Queen’s Scout Badge

The award is presented to those Scouts who proved themselves able and willing to serve the Queen, should their service at any time be required by her. In order to be a Queen’s Scout a boy had first of all to be a First Class Scout, which meant passing ten tests, and then pass another four badges out of a list of seven, one of which had to be the Pathfinder Badge.

John McDonnell said “I’m so proud of this achievement by James Grant. This is the first time in at least 12 years, we have had a Queen’s Scout award to be presented “.

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