Alfreton’s Sophie is Queen of the Scouts

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Not content with the challenge of studying for her A Levels, an adventurous student has now added the Queen’s Scout Award to her long list of personal achievements.

Seventeen-year-old Sophie Martin from Alfreton is the first member of Alfreton District to achieve the coveted Queen’s Scout Award.

Sophie has already received her Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and has been busy fitting all her adventures around studying for four A-levels.

A very proud and excited Sophie received her honours from Coun Dave Wilcox during a special presentation at County Hall in Matlock.

Sophie says: “I’ve had an enormous amount of fun along the way to receiving this award.

I did the residential part of the award at Walesby Forest Activity Centre, which was total déjà vu as it was the location of my first ever Scout camp when I was only 14!

“I am also a young leader at my group and I’ve been very involved in helping others achieve Scout badges.

“It’s one of the qualifications required for the Queen’s Scout Award, along with attending an international camp - which I did at Peak 2010.

“Whilst it has been quite a challenge, it’s one I’ve loved and I’m very proud that I’ve managed to achieve this whilst also focusing my attention on studying for my exams.”

Alison Steele, headteacher, Ockbrook School in Derby, said: “Sophie is an absolute star and this is true recognition of our very own adventurer.

“We encourage all students to pursue extracurricular activities and Sophie has really taken this to heart, having also recently achieved her Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

“Well done Sophie - we’re sure she’ll also achieve great things in her exams this summer and look forward to her heading to the university of her choice.”

Originally known as the ‘King’s Scout Award’, Queen Elizabeth II gave her approval for the King’s Scout Badge to be known as the Queen’s Scout Badge and for the Royal Certificate to bear her facsimile signature in 1952 with her accession to the throne.

Records show that since 1952 well over 45,000 Queen’s Scout Certificates have been presented to young men and women.

To qualify, candidates must have completed their gold Duke of Edinburgh award, or complete the five Queen’s Scout Award Challenges - skill, physical activity, service, expedition and residential.