On Wednesday 7th January Irene Orford, the County Commissioner for Scouting in West Sussex, presented the Queen’s Scout Award to Sean Edwards who has become a Queen’s Scout, the highest training award in the Scout Movement.

In arriving at this Sean Edwards had not only progresses through the Scout movement in 2nd Ifield Scout from the age of 6 but has achieved his Duke of Edinburgh awards reaching the Gold Award as a stepping stone to becoming a Queen’s Scout.

Sean Edwards was a member of Drake Explorer Scout Unit up to the age of 18 when he transferred to Crawley Scout Network. Sean did his Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition in the snow, having to get up each hour at night to remove the weight of snow from the roof of the tent. He did his qualifying hike with other members of the Drake Explorer Scout Unit in the Pennines. Sean has travelled to Denmark and Ireland for international expeditions with the Explorer Scouts as well as numerous camps across the UK. He spent a week on a National Trust project in North of England. Sean helped manage the climbing activities at an International camp. He has trained as an instructor for rock climbing and for shooting. He is currently an Assistant Scout Leader with the Group.

The Queen’s Scout Award is the highest honour in Scouting and is awarded for outstanding personal achievement. This honour is only achieved by those showing the highest possible level of personal commitment, with holders having demonstrated extremely high standards of self-discipline and achievement in community service, activities and interests. Self-reliance and personal initiative are also key aspects of the award. All participants are aged between 16 and 25 from the two senior Scout sections; Explorers for 14-18 year olds and Network for 18-25 year olds.