Scout leader honoured to win award

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Lord Lieutenant Bobby Hunter presents the certificate to scout leader Laurence Goudie. Photo: Dave Donaldson

Lord Lieutenant Bobby Hunter presents the certificate to scout leader Laurence Goudie. Photo: Dave Donaldson

Years of hard work have finally paid off for determined scout leader Laurence Goudie.

The 25-year-old of the 1st/2nd Lerwick Scout Group was presented with three awards on Monday by the Queen’s representative in Shetland, Lord Lieutenant, Bobby Hunter.

These included the Queen’s Scout Award – the highest youth award in scouting for members aged between 16 and 25.

Applicants for the award have to complete challenges in a range of areas including, physical activity, service and expedition/exploration.

Laurence took part in role playing games, practised thai chi, volunteered as a scout leader and completed a four-day expedition in the Cotswold Hills.

He also attended a scout moot – a gathering of older scouts – in Canada and completed other international and environmental activities including camping in the Faroe Islands and setting up a recycling scheme for his scout group in Lerwick.

Along with his Queen’s Scout Award, Laurence was presented with an explorer belt and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award for his efforts.

After receiving the prizes, Laurence told members of the group it had “been a long journey” but he had made many friends along the way.

He said afterwards he hoped the younger members could aspire to earn a Queen’s Scout Award.

Even with a foot infection during a four-day hike, he trudged on to earn the badge which Laurence says shows his dedication.

“It’s the last award, I can wear it on my chest for the rest of my life and everyone can see it,” said a proud Laurence.

About Adam Guest

Reporter for The Shetland Times. I have also worked as a senior news reporter at The Barnsley Chronicle and as a freelance reporter for The Doncaster Free Press. Alongside news reporting I specialise in music and sports journalism. Pork pie lover.

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