Brendan’s prepared for his Queen’s Scout Award

The Oxford Times: Brendan Cahill has been presented with The Queen’s Scout Award, the highest honour in Scouting, awarded for outstanding personal achievement Brendan Cahill has been presented with The Queen’s Scout Award, the highest honour in Scouting, awarded for outstanding personal achievement

BRENDAN Cahill has certainly lived up to his Scout’s Honour after being presented with the Queen’s Scout Award.

The 25-year-old, from Headington, started working for his award – the highest scouting youth award possible – seven years ago aged 18.

He said: “You have to do various areas of activities, including volunteering, a specific skill, physical activities, expeditions, camping, and certain cultural events. I took up cycling and gardening, and my being a scout leader at Wheatley Scouts and 37th Scouts Oxford counted for my volunteering.

“My expedition took ages to organise, because university got in the way. I ended up doing it with some strangers out in the Cambrian Mountains.”

The Wheatley Primary School teaching assistant said: “It’s a challenge, it’s a huge thing to get your teeth sunk into. There are a lot of different things involved, to expand the skills I already have and learning new things.”

Mr Cahill was awarded the badge in January, and was involved in the National Scout Service and Parade at Windsor Castle last month.

He said: “I got to meet the Duke of Kent and Chief Scout Bear Grylls.

“It was amazing.

“It was an absolute honour.”

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