Event: St George’s Day Parade, 23 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 hope that all our Cubs will be able to attend.

Our District Commissioner, Kath Bridger, retires from the role in June and so this will be her last parade. She wants us to celebrate our national day by having fun. This year the District’s parade will take place in Billingshurst on Sunday 23 April.

Timetable
11:30: Assemble in Jengers Mead car park
11:45: Inspection of the groups
12:15: Parade departs Jengers Mead. Route via High Street, Nats Lane and Lower Station Road, passing saluting base as it enters the field
13:00: Renewal of Promises followed by presentation of service awards to leaders from across the District
13:20: Picnic street party
14:00: Hawking about
14:45: Activities on the field provided by the groups, including archery and tug of war
15:30: End

Wear
Full, smart uniform is required. Unless it is raining we won’t be wearing coats so make sure that you have something warm under your sweatshirt. We are to be inspected before the parade so please make sure that out of date badges for Cubs 100 etc have been removed.

Bring
You will need to bring a packed lunch and drink but hopefully somebody will be able to carry it for you so that you don’t have a bag during the parade. It would be as well to bring a coat, even if it is only so that you have something to sit on for the picnic. We’ve not been told about any collection so assume that no money is required.
We’ve been asked to run a bottle rocket base during the afternoon. With the short notice we’ve been given we need to appeal for empty 2l plastic drinks bottles that we can use for the rockets. If you have any please drop them off at the hall on Saturday or Sunday.

Parking
With groups from across the District coming to the event there will be pressure on parking in the village. We hope that you will be able to walk or be dropped off.

Colour party
We will need a Cub to carry the Parbrook flag. This is often our eldest Cub if they are available. They will need two escorts and we will select them on the day.
As there is no service to prepare for we have not been told about any rehearsal for standard bearers this year.

St George’s Day service
There is no formal service this year but during the afternoon 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.

Paperwork
There is no cost for attending the parade and picnic but we would like an idea of the numbers so please register on My Scout to let us know if you can attend.

Photos
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.”

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