ANDOVER Explorers saw three of its Scouts presented with the Queen’s Scout Award, the highest award in Scouting.

Hampshire Scouts county commissioner Adam Jollans made the presentations to the three 18-year-olds, Heather Grimsey, Ismay Latter and Johanna Walukiewicz.

All three girls have undertaken a wide range of activities to earn their award, including each completing their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, just one of the requirements required for the top Scouting honour.

The three were members of two teams who successfully undertook a gruel-ling four day expedition on Dartmoor last summer.

Other activities completed included a scuba diving residential, an internatio-nal camp in Switzerland and volunteering with the local charity Mencap.

The celebrations for the evening extended to 31 explorers in total who were invited to be presented with their Duke of Edinburgh Award which were all completed over the last year, a tally of 13 bronze, 14 silver and four gold awards.

The District Explorer Scout Commissioner, Julian Sore said: “It is fantastic to see so many young people rewarded for the effort they have put in to gaining these awards.

“We have a busy award year and look forward to replicating this success.”