Scout who has gone extra mile celebrates award in royal style

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A TOP scout from Portsmouth had his achievements marked at a ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Kevin Lee joined more than 500 people from across the UK to celebrate winning the Queen’s Scout Award, on Sunday.

The 24-year-old, who is a member of the 43rd Portsmouth Scout Group in Hilsea, has spent the past five years working towards the award which gives 16 to 25-year-olds the opportunity to develop specialist skills and do community work.

As part of his challenge, Kevin did a 29-mile two-day hike on the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire, a 35-mile three-day hike over Dartmoor, and a 47-mile four-day hike in the Black Mountains in Wales.

He said: ‘I’m proud of my achievements. Going to Windsor was amazing, a culmination of 15 years of involvement in Scouting and a great stepping stone for hopefully a lifetime of future Scouting and whatever that may bring.’

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: ‘Scouting is all about the opportunity to challenge yourself through adventure, meet new people, and go to new places. The Queen’s Scout Award is the epitome of this. Kevin is a true inspiration to others.’

Kevin, of Lidiard Gardens in Southsea, attended the annual parade of Queen’s Scouts in the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, and then the National Scout Service at St George’s Chapel.