ALDERSHOT teenager Sara Redrup has become one of the country's top Venture Scouts.

The 19-year-old is one of the few to have gained the Queen's Scout Award - the Scout movement's highest accolade.

She received the award from County Scout Commissioner Richard Merefield at the Blackwater Valley District Scout headquarters.

It was a proud moment for Sara who, said Mr Merefield, had shown "dedication and persistence" in reaching the qualifying standard.

To gain the award, she helped organise and undertook a four-day expedition in the Brecon Beacons, and she cared for disabled children on a week-long residential holiday.

She developed her leadership skills as chairman of Phoenix Venture Scout Unit, and is now a Beaver Scout leader with the 2nd Aldershot Scout Group.

While working for the award Sara, of Cranmore Gardens, Aldershot, learnt to climb, and is now a qualified climbing instructor.

She is the third generation of her family to be involved in the movement in Aldershot.

Her grandmother, Mrs Muriel Redrup, was a Cub Scout and Group Scout leader, and her father is the 2nd Aldershot Scout Group's treasurer.

Sara, who belongs to the Phoenix Venture Scout Unit, works at Alton's Whitedown School and for Mencap at Parkside, Aldershot.

She hopes her award will encourage other youngsters to follow in her footsteps. "They should try Scouting," she said. "I'm sure most would enjoy it."