Scouter Who Summited Everest and Duke of Edinburgh Award Winner Speaks at Windsor Palace in London
Congratulation to Anish Luitel of Nepal Who Has Northern Star Connections
Many Scouters will recall the photo of Anish Luitel, posting a Scouting Flag at the Summit of Mount Everest last year. The flag was provided by our own Troop 3509 of Ham Lake, who became acquainted with Anish more than five years ago through social media. It was our most visited and shared social media post of 2016.
Anish’s feat has now been further recognized as part of fulfilling his requirements for earning the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. This is the world’s leading youth achievement award, presented to those meeting the challenging requirements of service, skills, physical recreation, adventurous journey and a residential project. Anish was selected as one of only four speakers at the presentation, met Prince Edward, Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award and John May, the Award's Secretary General, as well as interacted with amazing fellow recipients from around the globe.
We had planned that that many of our Scouts would have the chance to meet Anish this summer, as he has been hired as an International Camp Staff Member, serving the High Adventure Climbing Program at Tomahawk Scout Reservation and then as part of our Adventure Summit Staff at the State Fair. However, his visa currently has been denied, so his visit has been delayed as appeals are being made.
This international connection and accomplishment is just another reminder of our world-wide community of Scouting. Anish continues to promote “Peace and the brotherhood of Scouts from all over the world.”