More than 100 young beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers from the York area gathered at Askham Bryan College for a glittering awards ceremony.
Sheriff of York, Cllr Ashley Mason, and Lady Sheriff Danielle presented awards to all those who had achieved the top awards for their age group.
And 12 people officially received their Young Leader Belts after completing the leadership development programme for 14-18 year olds, and helping out at scout groups.
Cllr Mason said: “It was an honour for Danielle and I to present over 120 scouts with their badges and awards on Friday evening.”
To gain their awards, the young people had to complete all the challenge awards for their age group as well as other activity badges either with their scout group or independently at home.
Many of the activities involved get young people involved in helping protect the environment or improving their local community, developing important life skills along the way.
Some of the young people had actually qualified for their awards up to two years ago, but had had to wait very patiently to get their awards as no presentation ceremonies took place in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic.
There were also prizes for the scout groups that had achieved the most awards proportionate to their size. The prestigious Grey Wolf Cup was won by Elvington Scout Group for the highest number of awards of all categories in relation to the size of the group.
Annie from Elvington Scout Group said: “I felt very happy and proud when we all had to go up and get the cup, and the Sheriff and his Lady were very friendly.”
Fellow scout Niamh commented: “I am very proud of our group and it was lovely to be rewarded with the trophy for all the work we did.”