Banbury and Chipping Norton Scouts were delighted to receive coveted awards from the international head of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme on Friday, applauded by their friends and families.
John May, Secretary General of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, was guest of honour at the special presentation evening at Glyme Hall, Chipping Norton, where he presented Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh awards to assembled Scouts from the Chipping Norton, Kingsfield and North Banbury units.
Oxfordshire County Commissioner Phil Earl was also on hand to present Scouts with their Chief Scout Platinum and Chief Scout Diamond awards.
Mr May told the assembled Scouts: “I am really pleased to be here. This morning I was at a meeting with the Queen and Prince Philip, and the Duke of Edinburgh said to pass on his congratulations on receiving your awards, whether they are a Bronze or a Silver.
“He said his expectation is that you will all go on to achieve your Gold awards and he looks forward to meeting you at St James’s Palace.” He added: “I’m proud of you because not only am I Secretary General of the Duke of Edinburgh movement, I’m also a Scout and I’m Chairman of the North Oxfordshire District.
“I hope your parents are really proud of you too.”
Each of the teams who completed Duke of Edinburgh awards delivered presentations outlining the projects they undertook for the expedition criteria of the badges, which included a hike in the Cotswolds to study the conservation of churches and filming a video to instruct future Duke of Edinburgh trainees.
Scouts often complete Duke of Edinburgh awards alongside their official Scouting badges.