Royal honour for Sixth Form student

A Withernsea High School Sixth Form student is celebrating after being bestowed with the highest award in the Scouting movement.

Eighteen year old James Bowes was recently awarded the prestigious Queen’s Scout Award and will next year attend a reception at Windsor Castle where he will be officially presented with the award by a senior member of the Royal Family, likely to be the Queen herself.

The award recognises the recipient’s commitment to others within the Scouting movement and the community beyond.

James first joined the Beavers at the age of six before working his way through the Cubs, Scouts and Explorers where he became a Young Leader. He has previously gained a series of sought-after Scouting honours including the Chief Scout’s Platinum and Diamond Awards. However, this most recent accolade is undoubtedly a highlight and the culmination of 12 years hard work.

James commented: ‘Scouting is something I’ve always been interested in, as you learn all sorts of skills about camping, hiking, walking and climbing. Receiving this impressive award is a really good feeling and 12 years of hard work have paid off. I’m now looking forward to being able to give something back to younger members of the Scouting movement.’ 

Headteacher Richard Williman met with James to congratulate him both personally and on behalf of the entire school. Mr Williman commented: ‘I’m sure the whole Withernsea High School community will join me in congratulating James on this remarkable achievement. He joins a very small and select group of people within this area to have ever been awarded this honour. He should be very proud.’

District Explorer Scout Commissioner Paul Whittaker added: ‘It is a real honour and I am so pleased for him. I’ve watched him work his way up through the Cubs to the Explorers and his success is sure to be an inspiration to all future members of the Withernsea Scouting movement.’

Not content with his activities within Scouting, James has also worked his way through the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme where he has recently gained the Gold Award. This will be presented to him next year at another royal reception, this time likely to be at St James’ Palace in London.

ABOVE: Richard Williman congratulates James Bowes on his success.
BELOW: The award, personally signed by Her Majesty The Queen.

ABOVE: The Queen's Scout Award Badge.