A VOLUNTEER from Basingstoke has achieved the Queen's Scout Award, the highest youth award in Scout movement.

Enver Eng who after years of hard work was awarded his Queen's Scout Award last week on the shores of Switzerland during the Suisse Adventure 2022 expedition organised by Hampshire Scouts.

He was presented the award by Andy Chatwin, camp leader for Suisse Adventure and lead volunteer for programme in Hampshire.

As part of the long journey to becoming a Queen's Scout, including completing an amount of it during the pandemic, Enver completed a series of eight-hour expeditions during lockdown surveying the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on local communities to chart the changes.

As well as improving his general fitness and learning to drive, Enver also joined the team at the home of Scouts in the UK, Gilwell Park, to help train the next generation of Scout Adventures staff and look after the site for the future.

He's volunteered with the Scouts for some time, progressing from a volunteer in the Cub Scouts to being the lead volunteer of Hatch Warren Scouts to "give back to the community and say thank you for all the help they've given me".

Basingstoke Gazette: A human pyramid with Enver Eng new Queen's Scout at it's head at Oschiensee Lake Switzerland.A human pyramid with Enver Eng new Queen's Scout at it's head at Oschiensee Lake Switzerland.

Enver said: “It's opened my mind in the way I view things; it's developed my health and mental wellbeing and helped me understand people much better. The views I have may be different to the way others see things so being open minded and seeing the bigger picture has given me a better outlook on life.

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“It's a really good award to do, lifechanging really. There are tonnes of people out there who have helped me through it, I'm so grateful to them. Often the hardest part is writing it all down as you have so many adventures when you're in the Scouts.”

Bear Grylls, Chief Scout: said “Queen’s Scout Award recipients are the absolute pinnacle of determination, grit and perseverance. These Scouts are an inspiration to all others around the world thanks to their hard work and I find myself full of admiration for every single one of them.” 

Those interested in learning more about the award can find out more at scouts.org.uk/qsa

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