Nine young men from the Edmund Hillary Explorer Scout Unit, based in Pannal, Harrogate have achieved the top award in Scouting, the Queen’s Scout Award. Now aged 18, they have been together since primary school and most are now in their first year of university.
All nine have also achieved the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award together.
Eight of them came together again for a presentation ceremony hosted by the Deputy Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Pat Jones, in the Mayor’s Parlour, where the MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones, was also present. Mike Procter, who recently stood down following 12 years as Pannal Scout then Explorer leader, presented the nine young men to the Deputy Mayor. Mark Turner, the district commissioner for Harrogate and Nidderdale Scouts, was also present to celebrate their achievement.