Event: St George’s Day Parade, 24 April

As well as being the Patron Saint of England, Baden Powell chose St George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Movement and traditionally each year on the 23rd April (or the nearest Sunday), Scouts remember the Scout Law and the Promise they have made. 
We expect all our Cubs to attend.

This year the District’s parade celebrates 100 years of Cub Scouts and will take place in Petworth Park on Sunday 24 April.

Car parking is inside Petworth Park. You should enter by the New Lodges gate (on the A272) where marshalls will direct you to the car park adjacent to the recreation ground.

13:15 Assemble in groups in front of the Recreation Ground Pavilion
13:30 Parade will march off from the Recreation Ground Pavilion to the front of Petworth House and will then form up in front of the Dog Statue in the Upper Pond
14:00 Service
Following the Service the Parade will march back to the Recreation Ground Pavilion.   The Saluting dais will be situated inside the Recreation Ground. The Parade will then be dismissed.
Once the Parade has been dismissed everyone is welcome to have a picnic during the remainder of the afternoon; however each Pack will need to be ready in order to present their History at the allotted time (in year order).
15:00 100 Years of Cub Scouting – a history. Each group has drawn a 10 year period from the last 100 years. Ours is 1916 to 1925.  We have to find a famous person who was a Cub Scout in that time and also an event that took place in the period. We’ll then have up to 3 minutes to  present our information (displayed on a shield or banner) to the rest of the District.
16:15 Falconry display

Parade order
The groups from across Petworth & Pulborough District will parade in ranks of 3 as follows:

  • Union Standard
  • St. George’s Standard
  • Petworth Town Band
  • District Leaders
  • Ashington
  • Billingshurst
  • Bury
  • Easebourne
  • Fittleworth
  • Harting
  • Ifold
  • Petworth
  • Pulborough & West Chiltington
  • Sullington & Storrington
  • Wisborough Green
  • Explorer Units
  • RISK Network Unit
  • Scout Active Support

As this is a special Parade to recognise 100 years of Cub Scouting all Members are encouraged to dress up in costume depicting St. George and the Dragon e.g. knights, damsels and dragons! We’ve made our knights shields and tabards or dragon masks and tails which you can wear over your uniform.

Colour party
We’ve selected Isabella, our eldest Cub, to carry the Parbrook flag. They will need two escorts and we will select them on the day. On arrival at the field the standard bearer will leave our group and will enter later. The escorts will stay with the group. When all are ready the standards will be presented.
There will be a rehearsal on Friday 22 April at 6.30pm for our standard bearer. You should enter Petworth Park via the Cricket Lodge and go to the front of the pavilion. It is only the standard bearers that need to attend (not the whole Colour party) plus a Leader or Adult.

St George’s Day service
During the service, everybody will get the chance to renew their Promise. After the Beavers, Cubs will be asked to stand and make the Scout Sign. They will then say their Promise together with Cubs from across the District. This will be followed by Scouts, Explorer Scouts and Leaders renewing their Promises. There will also be a presentation of long service awards to some leaders from across the District.

A collection for a local charity will be taken during the service.

Be our guest
As 2016 is a special year for Cub Scouting we would like to invite former Cubs and Cub Scout Leaders to join us in our St. George’s Day Event.   Please therefore invite any former Cubs or Cub Scout Leaders you know that may like to attend.

It is always hard for leaders who should be in the parade to get photos of the parade itself. If you are coming to watch please bring your camera and let Jacala have your best pictures for us to use on the website.

Baden-Powell & St George
Lord Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the Patron Saint of the Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George of legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance. St George’s day is on 23 April and most Districts hold some form of celebration. In ‘Scouting for Boys’, Baden-Powell referred to the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian Legend and to St. George who was their Patron Saint.
He then went on: “He is also the Patron Saint of Scouts everywhere. Therefore all Scouts should know his story. St. George was typical of what a Scout should be.
“When he was faced by a difficulty or danger, however great it appeared, even in the shape of a dragon – he did not avoid it or fear it, but went at it with all the power he could. That is exactly the way a Scout should face a difficulty or danger, no matter how great or how terrifying it may appear. He should go at it boldly and confidently, using every power that he can to try and overcome it and the probability is that he will succeed.
“St. George’s Day is April 23, and on that day, Scouts remind themselves of their Promise and Scout Law. Not that a Scout ever forgets either, but on St. George’s Day, he makes a special point of thinking about them.”