Sophie’s dedication pays off with national award

Sophie Vass
Sophie Vass
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DIAMONDS are definitely a girl’s best friend for one Bognor Regis teenager.

Sophie Vass, 17, has become the latest youngster to add to the recent successes of Bognor Regis Scouts, by gaining the Chief Scout’s Diamond Award.

This is the second-highest award a young person can achieve in Scouting, just below the Queen’s Scout Award, which is next on Sophie’s list and no doubt will be achieved.

Ally McCaffrey, the district commissioner for Bognor Regis, said: “Sophie is a fantastic ambassador for Scouting in the Bognor district and I am very proud of her achievements so far. She is a role model for all Scouts, demonstrating the opportunities and experiences available for young people that Scouting can offer.”

To gain the award, Sophie had to complete a number of tasks ranging from expeditions, international trips and research about the environment, as well as service commitments and learning new skills. To complete the international section, Sophie attended the last World Scout Jamboree, held in Sweden, as one of the 40,000 Scouts attending from around the world.

When each project was completed, a report was compiled and presented to help inspire the younger Scouting sections (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts) to show what Scouting can offer.

This has all been achieved, together with a lot of fundraising to facilitate trips and activities, while Sophie is studying outdoor education at Southdowns College.

Everyone involved is immensely proud of her achievement and will continue to support her on future challenges.

For more information about Scouting in Bognor, please visit the Bognor Scouts website at