FOUR members of Teesdale Scout Network have received their Queens Scout Award certificates.

William Rolt, Oliver Rogers, Marc Todd and Sam Arundel completed their award before the first coronavirus lockdown but due restrictions had to wait to receive them at an awards ceremony, held at Staindrop Scout HQ earlier this month.

Each had to complete various sections and challenges to attain the highest award within Scouting for their age.

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Between them have taken part in sports such as rugby, boxing and swimming; completed expeditions in the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales and international visits to Martinique, France and Holland and volunteered through Scouts, in their communities and at university.

Sam and Marc took part Durham County Explorer Scout’s first skiing trip to Andorra, Oliver worked with children to promote global issues and William was selected to be part of the National Scout and Guide Symphony Orchestra.

All four are members of the Teesdale Scout Network and attend meetings whenever they are back in the area.

Sam studies neuroscience, biochemistry and physiology at Cambridge University, Marc has just completed an apprenticeship in electrical and electronic engineering, Oliver has been teaching on the Isle of Man, and William is studying music at Trinity College, London.

Bryan Johnson, County Commissioner for Durham County Scouts, attended the ceremony and Teesdale District Commissioner John Moore presented the awards.

District Explorer Scout Commissioner, Andrew Carr, said: "We are extremely proud of these four young people, they have all displayed some great attributes and led from the front to gain this award.

“They have all helped look after younger sections too throughout the pandemic which has been a very trying time for us all.

“They have continued to work within Scouting during this and while also being at university or holding down jobs.

“These four young men continue to set the example and lead from the front within Teesdale.”


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