Top honour for Orpington Scout Flick Buchanan

By Luke King in Local People

A SCOUT from Orpington has been handed the movement’s top honour, recognising her personal achievement.

Flick Buchanan, 25, was given a Queen’s Scouts Award by the international adventurer and Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, at a ceremony earlier this month.

The honour is achieved by young people aged 16 to 25 who have completed a range of challenges, including service to their community, an expedition in wild country, a five-day residential project in an unfamiliar environment and learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

Flick said: “Ever since I was Scout, I have always wanted to become a Queen’s Scout. I wanted to embrace the challenge, build skills and experience amazing adventures – that’s exactly what I did!”

Of the 300 youngsters who received their award, Bear Grylls said: "All these young people have strived so hard to learn new skills and achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards, and I am full of admiration for their spirit, grit and determination.

“They have all served their community, led others and undertaken expeditions in the UK and around the world. As Queen’s Scouts they are massive inspirations to over half a million Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that Scouting has honoured them today. They are truly amazing.”

The annual Windsor Castle presentation event has been held regularly since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St. George’s Day (April 23). St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouting.

Since the Queen’s Scout Award was instigated, over 100,000 awards have been presented to young men and women.

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