Guard of honour for teenager who has achieved the Queen’s Scout Award

Ben Summerfield with his Queen's Scout Award.
Ben Summerfield with his Queen's Scout Award.

A 17-year old student at Bedford Modern School has been invited to attend the annual parade of the Queen’s Scouts at Windsor Castle afterwinning a top award.

Ben Summerfield will form part of a contingent of Queen’s Scouts performing a Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle on St George’s Day when the Queen and the Royal party return after the service.

He was invited to the castle ceremony after receiving the Queen’s Scout Award.

Ben said: “Receiving my Queen’s Scout Award and being chosen to be part of the Guard of Honour has given me a huge sense of achievement and is a big honour.”

Ben joined the Scouts when he was five and the Queen’s Scout Award is the highest award that can be obtained in the Scout movement.

The year 13 student said: “I worked my way up through Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and finally obtained the Queen’s Scout Award.

“The experience I have gained has definitely made me more outgoing and confident.”

One of the tasks Ben had to complete to earn his Queen’s Scout Award was taking his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award requiring high standards of discipline, leadership and achievements in activities, interests and community service.

This was achieved through the Scouting movement as well as Ben’s involvement in the Bedford Modern School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF).

He added: “The school’s CCF has in excess of 150 cadets and my leadership experience and the confidence gained in my abilities outdoors has helped in my current role as Head of Corps.

“I ensure the weekly CCF practice runs smoothly and act as a liaison between the cadets and school’s contingent commander.

Ben has 11 GCSEs and is studying physics, maths and chemistry A-Levels and would like to read physics at Warwick University.

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