Take a look at the updated guidance for St George’s Day celebrations.
St George’s Day celebrations are a strong part of the Scouting tradition. Robert Baden-Powell selected St George to be Scouting’s patron saint, as his story shows him overcoming adversity. Even when faced with a very difficult and dangerous task, he persevered and tackled it head-on, never shying away. Lord Baden-Powell believed that St George’s bravery and determination was ‘typical of what a Scout should be’.
Because of this connection, we encourage Scout Groups to celebrate his saints’ day, on 23 April. Traditionally, Groups often choose to parade through their local area in uniform, or attend faith services. While these types of celebration remain popular, and can still be appropriate for Groups who feel strongly about keeping these traditions alive, it is worth considering whether they fully engage young people and reflect the make-up of modern Groups.
As Scouting continues to adapt to our ever-changing society in the UK, we want to ensure that it reflects our commitments to diversity and inclusivity, as well as being Youth Shaped. All aspects of Scouting, even the most time-honoured traditions, should be periodically reviewed to make sure they still add value.
As you plan your St George’s celebration for next year, we’d like you to think about developing your traditions to ensure they are inclusive and shaped by young people.
Both adults and young people should be invited to renew their Promise during the celebration, using the wording of the Promise that best reflects their personal beliefs. You can download a Promise poster for your section, to display in your meeting place.
St George’s Day is also a fantastic opportunity for Scouting to be visible in the community, and for our young people to show others their achievements. St George saved a community from a ferocious, fire-breathing dragon, taking action to benefit others. Our Community Impact campaign, A Million Hands, seeks to do the same: inspiring young people to make a difference where they live. Telling the community about the work you’ve been doing locally could be a great start for a new annual St George’s Day tradition, celebrating all that is great about Scouting.
You’ll find the full guidance about St George’s Day celebrations here, including a checklist of things your event should include.
PICTURE CREDIT: Sally Green, Rossendale.