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Worthian wins King’s Scout Award

Thu, Apr 25th, 2024
Worth School

Owen Jones was incredibly proud to be recognised and celebrated last weekend as one of the first ever cohort to be given a King’s Scout Award, the highest award in Scouting.

The service in St George’s Chapel and celebration parade in the Quadrangle at Windsor Castle saw former Worth student Owen and his fellow awardees acknowledged by The Duke of Edinburgh and key Scouting ambassadors including UK Chief Scout Bear Grylls, Warwick Davis and Ellie Simmonds.

Owen’s award was well earned after many years of hard work consisting of a multitude of week-long expeditions, more than 100 nights camping under canvas and volunteering with troops in East Grinstead, Southampton and Bristol.

He believes his time at Worth played a big part in his Scouting journey. Owen, who was in Chapman House and left in 2017, said: “At a time where I was considering my role in the movement, Worth inspired me to continue to volunteer, renewing my passion for serving my community. They showed me the importance of using my skill sets and time to help others and to create a positive environment for young people to thrive.”

After Worth, Owen attended Southampton University to study Geography where he spent a considerable amount of time playing rugby, Irish dancing and continuing his Scouting journey. After graduating he moved to Bristol and started his career as a geotechnical laboratory technician, testing soil and rock samples from sites such as wind farms, motorways and mines across the world.

His Scouting journey started aged four, as a Beaver Scout at the 4th East Grinstead Scout Troop. He said: “I was inspired by my brother who was already a Cub and admired all the activities and badges he had done. I rose through the sections and became a leader and have continued Scouting ever since. Being able to give back to my community, who helped mould me into the man I am today, is a blessing. Watching young people grow, learn skills and seeing them enjoy the outdoors and preparing them for their next steps is truly an honour.”

Many congratulations Owen.

Worth likes to keep in touch with former students and regularly runs stories about their progress.

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