Beavers, cubs, scouts and explorer scouts marched through Sleaford on Sunday as part of their annual celebration of scouting and St George.
Young people aged six-18 formed the St George’s Day parade coming from the district’s 11 scout groups at Billinghay, Coningsby and Tattershall, Cranwell, Heckington, Horncastle, Leasingham, Metheringham, Ruskington, Sleaford, Wellingore and Woodhall Spa and two Explorer Scout Units (‘The Dodgers’ based in the south, and ‘The Nomads’ based in the north).
Marching from Eastgate into the Market Place, there was then a short service at St Deny’s Church.
Members were reminded of the adventures of last year and encouraged to look forward to the summer and beyond.
District commissioner, Ian Kingdom commented: “St George’s Day is a highlight of my scouting year, not only do we as a district come together to celebrate scouting, but we also get to say thank you to our leaders and supporters – as well as remind the public that we are here and still going strong.”
During the service, a number of awards were presented to leaders in recognition of good and outstanding service.
Local explorer scout, Amy, 17, explained: “St George’s day is an important day to scouts, it reminds us that it is more than just another club, where you go climbing or kayaking, have a go at archery or gliding, but also make a positive contribution to our community.”
On St George’s Day members of the scout movement worldwide remind themselves of the promise that they have made – to do their best, to help others, and to follow the scout law.
Adam Jacklin, explorer scout leader said scouting is as popular as ever.
He said parents and young people trust the scouts to provide everyday adventure, from a beaver scout’s first sleepover or hike, to one of the explorer scouts looking forward to attending the next World Scout Jamboree in Japan 2015.
He added: “Our main failing is our success, we have more members than at any point in our history – but sadly also long waiting lists of young people wanting to join us, but unfortunately we don’t have the leaders.”
For more information visit www.scouts.org.uk or call 0845 3001818.