A determined and dedicated young man from The Webber Independent School has been awarded the highly acclaimed Queen’s Scout Award in the sumptuous setting of Windsor Castle. Sixth Former Tom Hulatt collected his award having joined the Scouts at the minor age of 6 years old. Now a ‘Queen’s Scout’ he has the rights of passage to many higher leadership accreditations – which on completion of his A Levels “..when things are a little quieter..” he says, he shall consider working towards in the future.
The Queen's Scout Award is the highest youth award achievable in the Scouting movement in the Commonwealth realms, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, where Scouts operate under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth II. Whether the award recipient is a Queen's or King's Scout depends on who is the current Monarch of the Commonwealth realms.
Tom had to meet a stringent set of criteria to secure the prestigious award which saw him dedicate many hours of his spare time to. Firstly he had to have been a member of the Scout Network for at least 18 months. Secondly during his time within the Scouts he completed a gruelling 18 nights away 12 of which were exhausting camping. He also successfully completed two activities from a list of International, Environment and Values activities; achieved his Gold Duke of Edinburgh's Award and finally gave a presentation in front of a distinguished audience detailing the challenges and triumphs he experienced during the course of working towards the Queen's Scout Award.
Tom who is completing his A Levels at Webber Independent this summer said “I am extremely excited, honoured and proud to have been given this award. The next few weeks are all about revision, but I look forward to celebrating properly in the summer.”
Principal Sue Vig said “Huge congratulations to Tom who has clearly dedicated much of his childhood to working towards this highly acclaimed honour.”