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Heather Parades for the Duchess

24 July 2013

Our very own Assistant Beaver Scout Leader (Apache Colony) Heather Hill was presented with her Queens Scout Award at our AGM last year. The Award is the highest youth award achievable in Scouting. To celebrate her achievement Heather was invited the the National Scout Service, at Windsor Castle. This is the story of her day…..many congratulations Heather.

National Scout Service 21 April 2013

I was so happy and excited to get a letter inviting me to go to Windsor Castle to join other Queen’s Scouts in the National Parade and service and would have the honour of the attendance of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge and Chief  Scout Bear Grylls.

On the day, I had to be in Windsor for 9:30 in the morning, where I had to go to Victoria Barracks for a rehearsal.  Around midday, we paraded into the Castle Quadrangle and then the review took place; that is when we got to see and meet Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge And Chief  Scout Bear Grylls.  The Quadrangle of the Castle was filled with approximately 2,000 award holders and guests.  We then paraded down to St George’s Chapel for the National Scout Service.

There additional guests joined us in the Lower Ward to watch the Parade and take part in the service as it was relayed over the PA system to the crowds outside.  Finally, the Parade moved out of the castle and back to the Royal Mews where the day finished at about 4pm.  It was  long day, but a wonderful experience which I would recommend to anyone who is aiming to complete their Queens Scout Award.

Heather Hill

Assistant Beaver Scout Leader (Apache Colony)