Report: St George’s Day Parade

On 24 April 2016, Scouts from across Petworth & Pulborough District visited Petworth for their annual St George’s Day Parade and service. As it is the Cubs centenary year and 30 years of Beavers it was a parade with a difference.

We’d been invited to come dressed as knights or dragons and met at the Recreation Ground in Petworth Park on a bright but cold April afternoon.

After forming up we marched through the park past the back of Petworth House to the Upper Pond where we gathered facing the dog statue. After the renewal of the Promises and presentations of long service awards to leaders from the District we returned to the Recreation Ground. There we heard presentations from each group about events and personalities from the 100 years of Cubs. We ended the afternoon with a falconry display from Hawking About.

It stayed cold all afternoon and there was a particularly cold wind when we were by the pond. But it did at least stay dry and the Recreation Ground was quite sheltered allowing cold feet and fingers to thaw out a bit.

We had 14 Parbrook Cubs in the parade. Well done to Isabella for carrying the flag and to her escorts, Clem and Aiden. Also a special mention to Max who completed his leader’s challenge by standing up in front of the District to tell them about a Cub from 1916-1925. Everybody gets +20 points for coming and those with extra tasks gained an extra +10 points.

Those that follow our Instagram account got updates during the event. Remember that we only tweet a few pictures so Instagram has more photos on the day.

For more pictures please see our
St George’s Day Parade gallery

Thanks to Jacala, Bik-Kay, Caroline and Helen for providing the photos

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.”