A BROMSGROVE scout has had one of the proudest moments of his life after he was awarded a high honour and shook the hand of the ultimate survivalist, Bear Grylls.
Simon Fox was given the Queen’s Scouts Award on Sunday (April 24) at Windsor Castle where he met the TV icon as well as Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO.
The 20-year-old scouting for more than 14 years and was given the accolade for outstanding personal achievement, which is only handed out when the youngster has completed a range of challenged including service to their community, completing an expedition in a wild country and undertaking a five day project in an unfamiliar environment to learn new skills.
Simon said: “I’ve Never been prouder in my life, when I took part in the Windsor parade to celebrate being awarded my Queen Scout Award. It felt like my 14/15 years in scouting so far had not been for nothing and that all that work wasn’t a waste. I got a recognition of well done and a handshake of congratulations from Bear Grylls himself and met Steve Backshall along the way. I would like to thank everyone for their support along my Queen Scout journey. I hope that my scouting journey carries on and doesn’t end.”
Simon started in the beavers at six-years-old before he joined cubs and became a scout leader. He now a member of the Boardarian Network and is a cub sectional assistant.
“At that time I became a scout to make friends, have fun and spend time outdoors. Now looking back I have learnt many life skills and taken part in once in a life time opportunities like the 22nd world scout jamboree in Sweden, my explorer belt in South of France, home hospitality in Finland. It doesn’t stop there tho, I am volunteering with scouting and waterAid at Glastonbury this summer and plan to go as IST to the 24th world scout jamboree in America.”
Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: “All these young people have lived the adventure of a lifetime to achieve their Queen’s Scout Awards, and I admire that spirit so much. They are huge inspirations to over half a million Scouts in the UK and I am so pleased that both Scouting has honoured them today. They are amazing.”