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Dozens of scouts from across Portsmouth were awarded with prestigious medals in recognition of their excellent outdoor feats.

The gold, silver and bronze awards were handed to young boys and girls by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Paula Riches, during a special ceremony at Springfield School, last month.

More than 50 youngsters between six and 18 years of age won The Chief Scout's bronze, silver, gold, diamond or platinum awards.

Rory Parry, seven, has been a member of 64th Portsmouth Beaver Scouts for only a year and was proud to collect his bronze certificate.

He said: 'I feel it's a real achievement to get my Bronze Chief Scout's Award and I'm very pleased that some of my friends are getting it too.

'I've enjoyed doing my badge work and I have lots of fun at Beavers.'

The honours are achieved by young people who have completed a range of adventurous challenges suitable for their age range.

These include service to their community, going on an outdoors expedition, learning a new skill or developing an existing talent.

Scout Leader, Joseph Harbour, congratulated the award winners.

He said: 'Scouting is all about the opportunity to challenge yourself through adventure, meet new people, and go to new places.

'The Chief Scout's Awards are the epitome of this, and provides skills that can be used long through into adult life.'

Cllr Riches said: 'I so enjoy the camaraderie between all the groups and I am so pleased to be asked to present these awards so that I can thank not only the Scouts but also the volunteers and leaders for giving their time to make the scouting movement in Portsmouth so vibrant.'

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls, added: 'I pay tribute to those scouting leaders who gave up their time to help these Scouts achieve their goals.

'Scouting represents all that is great about life - opportunity, adventure and camaraderie.

'That is why I so encourage young people and adults from all walks of life to get involved and join in the adventure.'