Emily, a Volunteer in West Wirral, recently visited Windsor Castle on the 21st April, a day of celebration and achievement as well as the St George’s Day Parade of Queen’s and King’s Scouts.

Emily said, “Gaining my King’s Scout Award has been a huge benefit for me in preparing me for my job. I am comfortable giving presentations and adapting how I speak to different people; it has boosted my confidence and built my resilience too. I have volunteered time to my local Scouts, both as a leader and also with the West Wirral Gang Show where I have been the musical director.

“It has been so much fun. I have learnt to drive, attended the gym and been cycling too. My expedition was an unforgettable experience, we trekked from the Llanberis Pass all the way across to Llanrwst. I am really proud of my achievement.”

Emily’s Father, also a Scout Leader in West Wirral said, “We were so proud. Emily followed in the footsteps of her grandfather, Colin Ratcliffe Snr (1933-2023) who also was a King’s Scout the first time around. He knew she’d got her award and was so proud of her. Sadly we never got to see them together with their awards, but he knew and would be looking down on her with much love. A long day but definitely worth it. We met Bear and Warwick. We watched the parade and listened to the bands of Scouts and Scotch Guards, followed by the service at St George’s Chapel. Wonderful.”

Chief Scout, Bear Grylls said: “I am so proud to celebrate the achievements of the King’s Scouts here today at Windsor. Gaining this award is the pinnacle of their Scouting journey.

“Emily has demonstrated courage and kindness, alongside a true Never Give Up spirit, and shown Scouting values to the highest of standards. They’ve contributed hugely to their communities and developed many skills along the way.

“These Scouts are an inspiration to us all due to their commitment, enthusiasm and hard work – I am full of pride for every single one of them.”

The review was overseen by Andrew Try, His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant and Bear Grylls.

Emily and her family also met both Peter Oliver and Alan Seely who are both Vice Presidents of Merseyside Scouts whilst in Windsor.

Find out more about our King’s Scout Award here.