Scout gets top award

Oliver Ritchie receives the Queen Scout Award from District Commissioner Bonnie Purchon MBE
Oliver Ritchie receives the Queen Scout Award from District Commissioner Bonnie Purchon MBE
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A SCARBOROUGH scout has been presented with one of the movement’s top awards.

Oliver Ritchie, who is better known as Ollie, was presented with the Queen’s Scout Award after successfully carrying out a number of activities in five areas.

He was presented with a certificate in Westborough Methodist Church and he is due to go to Windsor Castle for an official presentation by a member of the Royal Family.

Bonnie Purchon MBE, the district commissioner for the Scarborough area, said: “Oliver has worked really hard to achieve the highest award that scouting can offer to a young person.”

She added that Ollie had to carry out a number of tasks to gain the award including: drama, rugby and helping out as a young leader at the Panther’s Cub pack at the church.

“To gain the Queen’s Scout Award Oliver had to apply himself mentally and physically to organise and plan his expeditions. Carrying his own gear is not an easy task but one that has to be done,” she said.

“He has been camping, hiking, cooking and map reading which are all part of the scouting life outdoors. The Jamboree must have been a highlight of Oliver’s time spent with the Scouts and now he has the ultimate award.”

The 19-year-old drama student, who is from Pinfold Close in Newby but studies at the University of Northumbria, said it was quite an achievement and he was one of only a few people in Scarborough to have gained the honour.

He added: “Rugby was definitely one of my favourite areas. I planned it so I could complete my gold Duke of Edinburgh award so that fitted in very well.”