Ysgol y Preseli pupil and Viking Explorer Scout Rhodri Maiden will form part of a contingent of Queen’s Scouts performing a Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle at the St George’s Day parade when the Queen and the Royal party return after the service.

He was invited to the ceremony at the castle after receiving the Queen’s Scout Award at a recent county presentation evening.

Rhodri said: “Achieving my Queen’s Scout Award has given me a huge sense of achievement and is a big honour.”

Rhodri joined the Scouting movement when he was six and the Queen’s Scout Award is the highest award that can be obtained by a young person in the Scout .The award takes around 18 months to complete. Challenges include tasks promoting International issues, Environmental issues and Values, completing 18 nights away as an Explorer Scout, together with taking up a skill, physical activity and community service. The award requires high standards of discipline, leadership and achievements in the chosen activities,

One of the tasks Rhodri had to complete to earn his Queen’s Scout Award was a 4 day expedition, which Rhodri undertook whilst exploring Peru last summer.

The year 13 Ysgol y Preseli student said: “I worked my way up through Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorer Scouts and have now finally obtained the Queen’s Scout Award”.

“The experiences I have gained have definitely made me more outgoing and confident.”

Rhodri is currently studying A-Levels and plans to launch his own business later this year; Rhodri also plans to continue volunteering in Scouting, helping to inspire other young people to reach their full potential.