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Scouts announce St George’s day celebrations.

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Scouts announce St George’s day celebrations.

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Scouts across Northamptonshire are not going to let the current crisis prevent them from celebrating St George’s day on Thursday 23rd April.

Traditionally Scouts across the UK renew their Promise on St George’s day as St George is the patron saint of Scouting, a link that came from Baden Powell himself.

This year, there are more Scouts in Northamptonshire than ever before, with the last annual census in January recording 6677 young people, male and female, aged between 6 years and 25 years, supported by 2444 adults.

A 3% increase on last year giving an overall total of 9121.

Scouting is as relevant today as it has ever been.

With the restrictions in place, the normal large gathering is not possible. Therefore, Scouts will be marking the day in three different ways, with young people and adults doing just one or all three.

We understand that some of our youngest members may already be in bed at 8 pm so cannot do the clap for carers.

At some point during the day, people can renew their promise and be assisted by accessing YouTube where our local volunteers have posted a video covering each of the age-specific Promises.

Get your Necker out for St George’s day

The Scout Neckerchief or ‘Necker’ is a universal symbol
of Scouts the world over.

Northamptonshire Scouts will be hanging them in front
windows all over the county.

This coming Thursday, Scouts are encouraged to wear
their Scout uniform and join in the clap for carers.

We want to be visible in our appreciation of our wonderful
NHS, carers and front line workers at this difficult time.

Dean Smith, County Commissioner and the lead volunteer in Northamptonshire Scouting said: “These are challenging times, but we wanted to provide an opportunity for all of our members to do something special on St George’s day, something we can all remember in the years to come.”

Whilst face to face Scouting was paused in March, Scouting has very much continued with leaders running online activities and challenges that can be done at home.

Dean said “We have some really special leaders, and they have worked tirelessly to help our young people get through this and be ready to get back to Scouting as soon we can.

It’s certainly been a time when our creativity and innovation has come to the fore in very special ways.”

Many Scout leaders are also front line workers, and their commitment is applauded very day of the week. In some cases, leaders from other nearby Scout Groups have stepped in to make sure that all young people can continue to enjoy Scouting activities.

There are three Scout promises, depending on the age of the person making it.

Scout Promise (10.5 years and older including adults)
On my honour
I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to God and to The Queen
to help other people
and to keep the Scout Law.

Cub Scout Promise (8 years to 10.5 years)
I promise that I will do my best
to do my duty to God and to The Queen
to help other people
and to keep the Cub Scout Law

Beaver Scout Promise (6 years to 8 years)
I promise to do my best
to be kind and helpful
and to love God.

There are variation to all the promises as Scouting is open to people of all faiths and of none and must, therefore, take account of the different religious obligations of its members while upholding the essential spirit of the Promise.

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