Chief Scout Bear Grylls recognises Blaydon District’s top achievers

Published on 27/04/2015 by jion.

Alex Haley & Jamie Ion were honoured by international adventurer Chief Scout, Bear Grylls at Windsor Castle for gaining their Queen’s Scouts Awards on Sunday 26th April 2015.  Bear was joined by Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester GCVO, who is cousin of HM The Queen.

Alex & Jamie were also joined by another three Queen’s Scouts from across Durham County.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting and is awarded for outstanding personal achievement.  This honour is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, which includes service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.


Alex Haley, aged 22, from Whickham is one of nearly 500 new Queen’s Scouts who received their award on Sunday.  She said: “It was a fantastic day at Windsor which was full of cheer and excitement. Bear Grylls stopped and chatted to us about our expedition in Kielder to which he seemed very interested. I highly recommend people undertake this award as it was an incredible journey from start to finish.”

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “All these young people have lived the adventure of a lifetime to achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards, and I admire that spirit so much.  They are huge inspirations to the other 550,000 Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that both Scouting has honoured them today. They are amazing.”

The annual Windsor Castle event has been held regularly since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St. George’s Day (23rd April).  St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting.  Since the Queen’s Scout Award was instigated, over 100,000 of these awards have been presented to young men and women for outstanding personal achievements and service to their local communities.  They have learnt new skills and taken part in many of the 200 different activities on offer by Scouting across the UK.