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BLOG 23.04.16
This week, Wayne reflects on the importance of celebrating our Patron Saint and his values.

St George and the Scouts


It’s sometimes surprising that a Movement proud of being UK and indeed worldwide considers St George, the Patron Saint of England, to be its Patron Saint.

It’s important to remember, however, that Lord Baden-Powell chose St George as our Patron Saint because he felt that the St George presented in legends set a good example of values, courage and perseverance.

And so it is that on or around St George’s Day, 23 April, every year it is traditional for Scouts across the UK to renew their Promises. It is much more also, as we take advantage of the privilege first granted by King George for exclusive use of Windsor Castle to celebrate the achievements of those young people achieving our highest award, The Queen’s Scout Award, and those recognised for overcoming adversity through personal gallantry and meritorious conduct awards.

At the same time, we recognise the amazing commitments of our adult volunteers who have been recognised in our annual St George’s Day Good Service awards and without whom increasing numbers of young people would not be able to benefit.

What better way all around to reflect those very examples set by St George of values, courage and perseverance?


 

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