Chief Scout Bear Grylls congratulates Luke Annals from Worksop on gaining top Scout award

by | 31 May 2024 | Children's Group, Worksop

On 21st April, Chief Scout Bear Grylls honoured Luke Annals from Worksop at a special event at Windsor Castle. The Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Mr Andrew Try, joined Bear Grylls in congratulating Luke on achieving the highest award in Scouting for adventure and skill development: the King’s Scout Award.

Scouts were also joined by fellow Ambassadors Dwayne Fields, Ellie Simmonds and Megan Hines in front of family and friends in what was a fantastic celebration of achievement.

The Award is presented for outstanding personal achievement and is achieved by Scouts aged 16 to 25 years old. The young people must complete a range of challenges, including service to their community, an expedition in wild country, a five-day residential project in a new environment, developing an existing talent, or learning some new skills to build on what they have already learnt in the Scouts.

The impact they are having in their local communities is evident from the work they have completed with the volunteering they have each carried out.

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said: “I am so proud to celebrate the achievements of the King’s and Queen’s Scouts here today at Windsor. Gaining this award is the pinnacle of their Scouting journey. They have demonstrated courage and kindness, alongside a true Never Give Up spirit, and shown Scouting values to the highest of standards.

“They’ve contributed hugely to their communities and developed many skills along the way. These Scouts are an inspiration to us all due to their commitment, enthusiasm and hard work – I am full of pride for every single one of them.”

Young people such as Luke will have shown dedication and a willingness to learn all they can, which will provide them with opportunities to gain skills for life. Luke is one of the first King’s Scouts and has been part of the Scouts since he joined 1st Carlton-in-Lindrick Beaver Scouts when he was six – moving up through to Cub Scouts, Scouts and Explorers – becoming a young leader and then a cub leader – and taking part as an International Service team member at the World Scout Jamboree last summer. He credits his success to the leaders of the group and other volunteers.

Scout Ambassador and Polar Explorer, Dwayne Fields who was also in attendance (and remembered meeting Luke in South Korea at the opening ceremony of the jamboree) said: “A huge congratulations to Luke on achieving his King’s Scout Award. Luke has reached the end of an incredible journey where they have demonstrated kindness, courage and commitment. Luke is one of our leaders of the future and it’s humbling and inspiring to be alongside him on such a special day.”

The annual Windsor Castle event has been held since 1934 on the Sunday nearest to St George’s Day. St George is the Patron Saint of Scouting as well as England. Over 100,000 Queen’s Scout Awards have been presented over the years to young men and women for outstanding personal achievements and service to their local communities. The awardees have all learnt new life skills and developed them into what will one day be useful for their future lives and careers. Scouting offers over 200 different activities varying from archery to kayaking with all of them being tailored to help young people develop skills for life in the most effective way possible.

Luke was presented his certificate at St John’s Church in Carlton-in-Lindrick along with Meg Beck, receiving a certificate for 50 years’ volunteering with the Scouts.