Awards ceremony for top Scouts

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SCOUTS from across Portsmouth were honoured for their outstanding personal achievements at a presentation.

Chief Scout’s bronze, silver, gold, diamond and platinum awards were handed to 66 boys and girls aged between six and 18 years at Springfield School in Drayton.

The honours are achieved by young people who have completed a range of adventurous challenges ranging from helping out their community and outdoors expeditions to learning a new skill.

Charlie Craddock, 13, a member of 70th Portsmouth Scouts collected a gold award. He said: ‘I camped with Norwegian Scouts as part of my global challenge.

‘I’ve also taken part in an 18 mile hike carrying 18 kilos of camping equipment. The most exciting part was rifle shooting, rock climbing and archery.’

Kurtis Mengham, 15, of Pinnacle Explorer Scouts, who won platinum learnt Latin last year, said he was looking forward to spending two weeks in Tanzania building a medical centre.’

Adam Jollans, Hampshire Scouts’ county commissioner, presented the awards. He said: ‘Young people join scouting for the adventure, and it was great to present the awards in front of their parents.’