EIGHT members of Haslemere District Explorer Scouts received their silver Duke of Edinburgh awards at a presentation evening in the 1st Camelsdale Scout headquarters.
They were presented by the district commissioner Mark Downer, supported by district DOE award leader Claire Morris, and district network scout leader David Campbell.
To achieve the silver awards, the Explorers worked at a range of activities covering service, skills and physical activities, for at least six months for each section.
A great range of activities were covered by the group and included pottery, cooking, artwork, piano, drama and singing, running, cycling, tennis, basketball, horse riding, helping at charity shops and at Beaver, Cub, and Scout meetings.
The group also trained for and completed two expeditions, a practice in the North Downs and the final expedition in the Malvern Hills in October.
Candidates had to cover 30 miles in three days, carrying all their equipment, and camping overnight at sites on route.
With the completion of their silver awards, all eight Explorers are now going for gold. They all feel the DOE encourages them to try new activities, the service enables them to do something useful for the community, and the award broadens their outlook on life.
Catriona Gibbon, who lives in Fernhurst and was a Fernhurst Scout said: “I thoroughly enjoyed it all, I played tennis, took my Grade 5 piano exams and helped with the Fernhurst Beavers as well as going in the expeditions.
“Now I am looking forward to my gold, which I can start with the Explorer scouts and continue, I hope, when I go to University in September.”
Although it is a busy educational year, they have already started working towards their gold awards.
As well as 12 months’ commitment to each section of the service, a skill and a physical activity, they will also have to attend a week’s residential course.
They have already completed a practice expedition in the Peak District and are now working on their four-day, 50-mile expedition to the Lake District.
As well as the DOE Award, by completing two extra tasks, they will also gain their Queen’s Scout Award, which is the highest award in Scouting.