I was honored and delighted today to be invited to St James’ Palace to present 42 Scouts with their Duke of Edinburgh Gold awards.
They each had fantastic stories about their expeditions (not all in the British rain!) and the skills and services they had to complete. The gold award is a huge achievement and represents many months of hard work – these Scouts and the other awardees should feel very proud, as I’m sure their parents and supporters do.
It was only 3 years ago that I received my own Gold Award at St James’ Palace and returning as a presenter in the illustrious company of Theo Paphitis, Felicity Aston, Alistair Stewart and Carol Kirkwood was an amazing experience – even better the Duke of Edinburgh himself was present to meet the awardees and congratulate them.
Being able to share my Antarctic experiences with like-minded young people is always pleasure and hopefully one or two are now thinking about where their Scouting experience and DofE award can take them.
Keep an eye on the site for photos coming soon.