Seventeen-year-old Ben Summerfield will form part of a contingent of Queen’s Scouts performing a Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle on St George’s Day when the Queen and the Royal party return after the service.
“Receiving my Queen’s Scout Award and being chosen to be part of the Guard of Honour has given me a huge sense of achievement and is a big honour,” said Ben.
Ben joined the scouts when he was five years old and the Queen’s Scout Award is the highest award that can be obtained in the scout movement. “I worked my way up through beavers, cubs, scouts and finally obtained the Queen’s Scout Award. The experience I have gained has definitely made me more outgoing and confident,” said the Bedford Modern School Year 13 student.
One of the tasks Ben had to complete in order to earn his Queen’s Scout Award was taking his Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award requiring high standards of discipline, leadership and achievements in activities, interests and community service. This was achieved through the scouting movement as well as Ben’s involvement in the school’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF).
“The school’s CCF has in excess of 150 cadets and my leadership experience and the confidence gained in my abilities outdoors has helped in my current role as Head of Corps. I ensure the weekly CCF practice runs smoothly and act as a liaison between the cadets and school’s contingent commander,” Ben said.
Ben, who lives in Luton, has 11 GCSEs and is studying physics, maths and chemistry A Levels with a view to reading physics at Warwick University.