A LEADER at the Uplyme-based 1st Lym Valley Scout Group was finally able to partake in the Queen’s Scout Parade having received his Queen’s Scout Award during lockdown in January 2021.
Group Scout leader Josh Yelland was one of 350 Queen’s Scouts to take part in the event, watched by more than 2,000 supporters at Windsor Castle.
“Being part of the Queen’s Scout Parade and review felt surreal,” said Josh.
“You don’t quite believe you’re there, especially when silence falls on Windsor Castle and you’re stood still in the quadrangle; only then did it begin to set in.
“It’s a great achievement and certainly felt like a passing out parade after all those years of hard work.”
Josh, along with the other Queen’s Scouts, had a quick few hours of practice before taking part in the parade in Windsor.
“We don’t really do marching, we’d much rather just get on the with the adventure,” noted Josh.
“But nothing like learning a new skill to rise to the occasion. Once we were parading round the quadrangle it really was an impressive sight and I think everyone was proud to be there – they had earned it!”
Asked if he met the Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, who was also in attendance at the event, Josh replied: “He worked his way along the line and shook my hand and congratulated me.
“He made sure he met as many people there as he could; he’s very decent bloke and an inspiration to many of our young people.
“Both my parents came along, and my mum, who’s a very proud Beaver and Scout Leader, decided to give Bear one of our Lym Valley badges and he was of course happy to accept – the result being one very delighted mother!”
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “Queen’s Scout Award recipients are the absolute pinnacle of determination, grit and perseverance.
“They’ve contributed to their communities and developed skills along the way, and earning their Queen’s Scout Awards is just another step in their journey to personal growth.
“These Scouts are an inspiration to all others around the world thanks to their hard work and I find myself full of admiration for every single one of them.”
Back in Uplyme, 1st Lym Valley continues to grow and develop, with some of the Powder Monkey Explorer Sea Scouts working towards getting their Queen’s Scout Award and a second Scout troop opening this term to meet the demand from local young people.
According to 1st Lym Valley, whilst the number of young people wanting to be involved has never been greater, the number of adult volunteers involved has also increased, with more keen to deliver skills for life to its Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.