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Top Scout Award for Young Luton Lady Georgina Barrett

Date: 2nd Mar 2019 Author: Gerald Law

Georgina Barrett, now 25, will be presented with her Queen’s Scout Award during a Network Scout Camp in February and possibly at the parade through Windsor castle to St George’s Chapel for the National Scouts’ Service.

This follows 2 years of dedication and hard work. It is no easy task and includes a four day expedition with a purpose as well as a number of other challenges in areas such as Skill, Physical Activity and Service.

Georgina attended NORJAM (Norfolk International Scout and Guide Jamboree) as part of a large team of volunteers running activities, providing entertainment and catering. This fulfilled the International, Community and Values element of the Queen’s Scout Award.

Proving that Scouting is not just about knots and compasses, Georgina worked on other projects including:
• Understanding ethics and veganism;
• Problems faced by local museums;
• Local Knowledge badge session;
• Building resources and running pilot sessions for Cubs at Amersham Museum

The Presentation of activities and hard work was made to Luton Explorer Unit – Hydra


Georgina is not a stranger to hard work and success, starting with Girlguiding UK at the age of 9, through a number of sections to the Ranger Section at 14, becoming a Leader at 18 with Brownies and Ranger Leader, County Adviser for Rangers and now the Anglia Region 18+ Coordinator. She achieved her Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in 2016 and became a Queen’s Guide in 2017. The latter included an expedition to hike the length of Hadrian’s Wall. If this was not enough, she joined the Scout Network, became a Cub Pack Assistant in Buckinghamshire and part of a Scout Active Support Unit.

When asked what drives her, Georgina replied “I feel very strongly about a number of issues including mental health awareness, environmental activism, and women’s rights and liberation. These causes drive me and inspire me to do more within my local community”.

When society questions the ability and resolve of our young people, again and again young people like Georgina come forward and prove they are up to the task.

Congratulations, Georgina, on your amazing success: you have proved the world is your oyster.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls