Omagh scout looking forward to mixing with royalty at Windsor Castle

Omagh Explorer Scout, Sara Ewing, pictured at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Avenue.

OMAGH Explorer Scout, Sara Ewing, has been selected to help organise a major event in Windsor Castle on April 22 to celebrate scouting achievement.
The 20-year-old has already achieved great things in her life through her involvement with scouting.
When aged only four she joined the Girl Guides in Omagh and was a committed member for almost ten years before joining Omagh Explorer Scouts, where she achieved the three Duke of Edinburgh Awards and met royalty when she was presented with her gold award at St James’s Palace in London by Prince Edward last year.
Sara also achieved three Scout Awards and was the proud recipient of the Queen’s Scout which is the highest scout award for her age.
This award opened up other doors for Sara, so along with Rachel McKeag and Simon Thompson from Omagh Explorer Scouts they were invited to attend Windsor Castle to take part in the annual parade and church service in front of royalty and other dignitaries.
Here they rubbed shoulders with Prince Edward the Duke of Kent, Bear Grylls, and Brendan Cox not to mention having a good weekend with family and friends in London.
But things did not stop here for Sara, she was identified and selected to help organise this year’s parade and church service along with two other Queen’s Scout holders as part of the service team celebrating scouting achievement.
The Queen’s Scouts this year will receive their certificate from Bear Grylls (Chief Scout) and Princess Beatrice of York, the Queen’s representative. Some 320 Queen Scouts will attend the ceremony, along with their guests and other members of the royal family.
The parade takes place at Windsor Castle and the Queen’s Scouts will attend a church service in St George’s Chapel, situated within the castle grounds on Sunday, April 22. The chapel is over 900 years old, and is a principle residence for Queen Elizabeth II.
As part of the Service Team Sara, alongside Dan Warrington (London) and Isabel Dorman (Isle of Man) are responsible for organising the format and smooth running of the service.
It  will involve a speech from Bear Grylls, other public speakers, as well as an input from Sara, Dan and Isabel.
In preparation for the service in April this year, Sara has been travelling to Windsor once a month from October 2017 to help plan and co-ordinate with the rest of the service team. 
This is another personal commitment added into a busy schedule for a university student attending Queen’s University in Belfast.

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