[H]undreds of young people from Reivers District Scouts, covering Carlisle and the surrounding area, gathered at their District Campsite at Ratlingate on Saturday for their annual St. George’s Day celebrations and promise renewal.
The founder of The Scout Association, Robert Baden-Powell chose St George as the Patron Saint of Scouting as the story of St George showed him overcoming adversity.
To quote Baden-Powell: “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 …”
As well as being a day of fun and celebration St George’s Day events include the opportunity for members to renew the Scout Promise and consider what their Promise means personally.
This year’s event also focussed on the 100th birthday of the Cub Scout Section (8-10 year olds) with everyone singing happy birthday, as well as forming a giant 100 in the field. Susan Aglionby, Deputy Lieutenant of Cumbria, read a special birthday message to the Cubs from Her Majesty the Queen. The event was also an opportunity to celebrate the launch of the District’s newest Explorer Scout Unit, Arden Explorer Scout Unit (for 14 to 18 year olds), covering Brampton and the surrounding area.
The Mayor of Carlisle helped present a 20 years of service award to Geoff Price of Longtown for his dedicated service to the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.
Other special guests included Kevin Walsh representing Rotary Club and a number of people who had been involved in Scouting many years ago with over 300 years of Scouting experience represented.
The young people had a great day on site taking part in blind trails, archery, backwoods cooking, crate stacking, bouldering and various games on the field. It was great to see everyone coming together from across the District enjoying themselves.
Scouting is about the fun, challenge and experiences and David Sheard, District Commissioner said how important, rewarding and enlightening volunteering with Scouting was, “As a volunteer, like all leaders I have learned new skills through Scouting and enjoyed seeing young people take part in the adventure and challenge of Scouting. As the number of boys and girls joining continues to grow, we are always on the lookout for more adults to join the fun. Find out more at www.reiversdistrict.org/volunteer.”