At Windsor, the County was represented by eleven Queen’s Scouts, a record. All four Districts were represented by Alice DeNaeyer, Kirsty Austin, Mia Francis-Burnett, Sam Roust, Alex Levine, Pascal Lamb-Camerena, Elizabeth Broderick, Stephen Chessum, Shane Rasiah, Amy Garrard and Joe Wilson. Jack DeNaeyer was in the Colour Party.
This year, five Queen’s Scouts from the County attended the St George’s Day Parade at Windsor and were presented to HRH the Duke of Kent and Chief Scout Bear Grylls – Jagz Barth and Jake Orros from Enfield, Tom Partridge and David Austin from Barnet and Stephen Darlow from North London Scout District.
Jagz tells the story of the day:
“What an adventure; it all started in the morning when we arrived at the Victoria barracks, surrounded by soldiers. The memorable part was being taught how to march properly being watched by the soldiers. The afternoon parade was very exciting as we knew HRH The Duke of Kent was inside the castle. I personally was congratulated by chief scout Bear Grylls, we spoke about my adventure to the Amazon Rainforest, I quote ‘well done Jagz, it takes guts to survive in the Amazon and there is something about the jungle you can’t tell others but have to experience.’ Overall it was an outstanding day that I will not forget.”
Amongst the supporters who attended were the members of the Bush Hill Park ESU. who were fortunate enough to run into Bear later in the day (some stalking may have been involved) and asked him to invested six new members – which he did! What an inspirational day for those new Explorers!
Rachel Davidson (DESC for CCI) sent us this report:
I achieved my Queen’s Scout Award at the beginning of this year, and that was brilliant timing for me because it enabled me to be on the list to join in with the celebrations at Windsor Castle. The best bits of me gaining my award were making friends with my amazing expedition team. We hiked across the Brecon Beacons together which although was very hard, I had a real sense of achievement when we completed the expedition as a team. For my residential project I chose to be part of the International Service Team at CubJam which is a huge event in Cambridgeshire.
It was an amazing experience to receive the official letter telling me that I was invited to Windsor Castle. I had no idea what to expect when I travelled to Windsor last Sunday. I was rather nervous before I arrived, but I was very quickly meeting 400 other new Queen’s Scouts from right across the UK, and they had been on a similar journey to me to achieve their own awards. It was great fun meeting so many people like me and hearing their own personal stories of achievement.
The weather was glorious. The sun was shining and the excitement heightened when Chief Scout Bear Grylls joined in to congratulate us on our achievements.
The morning passed quickly, and soon it was time to grab a quick lunch before meeting up just outside The Quadrangle of Windsor Castle. We were about to proudly enter that part of the castle which the general public never get a chance to see.
The Duchess of Cambridge looked amazing and she was so happy and relaxed. Bear Grylls came up to me and congratulated me and shook my hand. That was a special moment.
I have a lovely memory right at the end when it was just the 400 Queen’s Scouts together with Bear. We did an impromptu Mexican Wave before we moved back into the public spotlight with everybody cheering and clapping us. It was a perfect end to a perfect day.
This year, seven new Queen’s Scouts from Greater London North (accompanied by Andrew Illman, who gained his QSA in Cotswold county but is now a leader in CCI) attended the St George’s Day parade at Windsor, in front of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Chief Scout. They were (from left to right in the photograph) Andrew Illman – Cotswold (Now CCI), Caroline Hill – CCI, Kelly Atkinson – Barnet, Balan Anthonysamy – CCI, Eleanor Webb Brown – CCI, David Marsh – CCI, Nancy Burke – Barnet and Chris Wilkins – Barnet.
They all travelled as a group to Windsor in a minibus starting out at around 08.00hrs from Barnet with a pickup at Kings cross for the CCI members. The rehearsal took place at the Victoria Barracks in Windsor. Because the weather was so bad the parade in the afternoon was restricted to the march-past.
The Queen and Prince Philip took the salute as the parade marched past the dias at the far end of the Quadrangle, with the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls who was also present. The parade marched in from St George’s gate, around the perimeter of the Quadrangle and then left by St. George’s gate and marched through Middle Ward to the St.George’s Chapel for the QS Service.
After the service the weather had cleared sufficiently for the Chief Scout to address the Queen’s Scouts in the Horseshoe Cloister before they marched back (minus their blue plastics ponchos!) to the Royal Mews leaving the Lower Ward by the King Henry V111th gate.
Recruitment of Queen’s Scouts for the teams that will make Windsor 2012 happen is now underway. If you would like to be considered, you need to be a Member of The Scout Association and hold the Queen’s Scout Award, or be working to complete it by 29 April 2012.
Four new Queen’s Scouts from Greater London North were amongst 300 on parade at Windsor on May 1st, in front of Bear Grylls and The Hon. Mary Bayliss, Lord Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire. The four, Richard Baltutis, Chris Au, Claire Sanders and James Brereton, took part in the parade and were presented to the Chief Scout.
Chris Au said: “I am honoured to be at Windsor to meet Bear Grylls and become a Queen’s Scout. I am proud of my achievement and very privileged to be here”.
Claire Sanders, 24, from Hampstead, said “Gaining my Queen’s Scout Award has been one of the highlights of my Scouting life so far. I was fortunate enough to be an adult volunteer at the World Scout Jamboree in the year of Scouting’s Centenary, and that was an amazing experience. My greatest achievement in Scouting has been organising and running a District Explorer Camping Competition this Spring. Being a Scout Leader can at times be challenging but it makes me so proud to watch ‘my kids’ grow through the movement, I wouldn’t stop for all the world.”
Congratulations to all four.