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A WEST Cumbrian scout was recognised for his efforts at a special ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Dan Pockock of 1st Hensingham Scout Group attended the event with Bear Grylls and Prince Edward on Sunday where he received the Queen’s Scout Award.

This is the highest honour in scouting and is achieved by young people aged between 16 and 25 who have completed a range of challenges, including service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in a new environment, developing an existing talent or learning new skills to build on what they have already learnt in the scouts.

Dan said: "The memories I have gained whilst working towards my Queen's Scout Award will last a lifetime - from practicing rescuing my friends from a crevasse in the French Alps on my residential, to helping plant 100 trees in Wasdale for the community challenge, to helping run a joint summer camp with some Danish Scouts for my international challenge."

Dan was joined by fellow Cumbrian scouts James Johnston, 1st Duddon Scout Group, Steven Woods, South West Lakes District Scouts and Liz Morley, 1st Shap Scout Group.

Hundreds of scouts from all over the country attended and took part in a parade.

Dan said: "The parade at Windsor Castle was also a fantastic day; there was a great atmosphere with over 400 scouts marching around the Windsor quadrangle, supported by our really enthusiastic section leaders. I'm really proud to have achieved the award and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an adventurous challenge."

Chief Scout Bear Grylls said: "Queen’s Scout award recipients are the absolute pinnacle of determination, grit and perseverance. They’ve contributed to their communities and developed skills along the way, and earning their Queen’s Scout awards is just another step in their journey to personal growth. These Scouts are an inspiration to all others around the world thanks to their hard work and I find myself full of admiration for every single one of them."

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