When Scouting was established in 1907, Baden-Powell followed the Christian tradition by choosing a Patron Saint of Scouting. He chose St George, a legendary Christian Roman soldier, because he felt the qualities of the legendary soldier were the same qualities that reflect how a Scout should face a difficulty or danger no matter how great or terrifying it may appear.
Since then Scouts have celebrated St George’s Day and in many places, including Gainsborough District, have invited Guides to join the celebration. A key feature of the celebrations each year is the reaffirmation of Scout Laws and renewal of Promises. All Saints Parish Church hosted the celebrations – and this was an extra special occasion as it was the first time that the whole District pledged, as part of their Promise, to do their duty to King Charles III.
The service also provided an opportunity to celebrate achievement and inspire Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides to strive to achieve the highest award open to them in each section.
Through the year, five Explorers achieved their Chief Scout’s Platinum Award, 11 Scouts achieved their Chief Scout’s Gold Award, 14 Cubs achieved their Chief Scout’s Silver Award, six Beavers achieved their Chief Scout’s Bronze Award and six Brownies achieved their Bronze Award. Explorer James Wall achieved the highest award open to a young person in Scouting: the Queen’s Scout Award. This was one of the last Queen’s Scouts to be awarded as, in agreement with King Charles, the award is to be replaced by the King’s Scout Award.
Scouting and Guiding is only possible because of the large number of adults who give up their time to provide a wide range of adventurous and challenging activities for young members to experience and enjoy. This was acknowledged when service awards ranging from five to 50 years were presented to Leaders. Currently the Groups in the District have a combined list of over 50 young people waiting for a place in Scouting and so the groups are looking to recruit more supporters. Please visit www.gainsboroughscouts.co.uk for more information, including how to join.
Over 200 young people gathered for the celebration and there was a good turnout by parents who were joined by Alan Clapham, new District President, together with representatives from West Lindsey District Council, town and parish councils.