FIVE youngsters from the 2nd Goring and Streatley British Boy and Girl Scouts have been presented with the organisation’s top award.
Oscar Clark, Abigail Papierowski, Robbie Albinson-Watters, Sebastian Avery and William Hathaway, all 15, have earned Scout cords.
To gain the award they had to earn badges in skills including first aid, camping, hiking, map reading, tying knots, tree recognition, swimming, tracking and outdoor survival.
They then had to hike 14 miles over two days in an unfamiliar area including an overnight camp in which they had to cook their own food.
The teenagers collected their cords just before Christmas at a ceremony attended by friends, relatives and former Scouts.
Group Scout master David Cooksley said: “It’s rare that such an award is gained by one Scout in a troop so to gain five is remarkable and a great achievement.
“I am privileged and proud to be able to announce the news. Very well done to all five.”