A SCOUT leader from Thirsk has been awarded the Queen’s Scout award – the highest honour in the Scouting movement.

David Baker, from Carlton Miniott, has been a member of 1st Topcliffe Scout Group for 14 years and a Scout leader for five.

The Queen’s Scout Award rewards leadership and teamwork, requiring high standards of self-discipline and motivation.

Mr Baker, 24, said: “I am proud to receive the Queen’s Scout Award. Not just from a personal point of view but in recognition of 1st Topcliffe Scouts. I want to support others in working to achieve this award as well.

“I would recommend this to anyone who is up for a challenge and enjoys the outdoors and helping in the community. This is what Scouting is all about for me.”

Mr Baker had previously received bronze, silver and gold awards in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which helped him on his way to becoming a Queen’s Scout. The award allows Mr Baker to attend the annual parade of Queen’s Scouts, which will place at Windsor Castle on Sunday April 21.