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Ian Broome (right) presents Adderbury Scout Ben Haynes (left) with his Chief Scout’s Gold Award watched by other Troop members.

LEADERSHIP, life skills and Adderbury lake has all helped one dedicated scout bring home a top award.

Ben Haynes, 15, of the 1st Adderbury Scout Group has achieved the top award possible for his age group - the Chief Scout's Gold Award.

Following four years of different tests and challenges the youngster has won his badges and secured the top accolade.

Scout Leader Andy Green said: "Completing the Chief Scouts Gold Award is a major achievement and will help Ben stand out from the crowd when applying for a job or university place.

"The 1st Adderbury Troop are all very proud of him."

TheWarriner School pupil has been completing a series of challenges over the past year to get to this point including various leadership roles and completed community work at Adderbury Lakes.

He has also been out on many expeditions and camps such as caving, gorge walking, kayaking and motor sports.

The award was presented to Ben at the Adderbury Institute on Tuesday, March 15, by the North Oxfordshire deputy district commissioner Ian Broome during a ceremony of family and friends.

Deputy district commissioner Ian Broome said: "It takes a lot of hard work and effort through a series of diverse challenges to achieve the Chief Scouts Gold Award.

"Alongside his school work, sports and other activities Ben has displayed great commitment and self-motivation in Scouting to achieve this top award."

He will now have a county presentations in Oxford in May.