Framfield teenager Callum Jones has been invited to Windsor Castle on Sunday to receive the top Scouting honour – the Queen’s Scout Award.
The 19-year-old has won the accolade for outstanding personal achievement. It is awarded to young people, aged between 16 and 25, who have completed a range of challenges.
These include service to their community, completing an expedition in wild country, undertaking a five-day residential project in unfamiliar environment, and learning new skills, or developing an existing talent.
Callum is extremely proud of achieving the honour which his grandfather, Kingsley Jones, also won in his youth.
Callum, who attended Uckfield College before going to Aberystwyth University in October to study Zoology, became a Beaver Scout when he was six but went along to camps and other activities with his father Ashley, who was Scout Leader at 1st Buxted, until Ashley became the District Commissioner.
Callum moved into Cubs aged eight and Scouts when he was ten-and-a-half. At 18 he became an Assistant Cub Scout Leader and later the District Youth Commissioner.
He attained his Chief Scout’s Awards and Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
Earl of Wessex
The Queen’s Award will be presented to Callum by the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, at Windsor Castle, while his parents Ashley and Sandra, brother Gabe, and girlfriend Grace look on.
Callum is a Leader, Youth Commissioner in Ashdown and in Ceridigion, where he is at university, and plans to continue in Scouting in a leadership capacity.
After studying Zoology he aims to continue to a Masters degree and then on to conservation. He is particularly interested in re-release of native species in this country.