Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the Patron Saint of The Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance for future generations.
St George's Day is celebrated on the 23 April, and around this time most Districts will hold some form of celebration. St George's Day events should include the opportunity for members to renew the Scout Promise and consider what their Promise means personally.
There are many examples of celebrating this day in different ways, both formal and informal.
Celebrations of St George should take into consideration the faiths and beliefs, including a lack of affirmed faith of the members attending. An event which does not reflect this diversity would not be appropriate. St George's Day events should be open to all.
The contents should also be relevant and appealing to the ages of those present. Venues should also be carefully considered. The use of non religious buildings or indeed open air venues should be considered.
Many Districts have a short period of reflection that has been incorporated into an activity day or district camp. Or a more formal St George's Day event they should always include the renewal of Promises for all sections.
We have a core Promise and a number of alternative wordings that are relevant to different faiths and also people without faith. It is important that all these alternatives are treated with the same respect. When reaffirming the Promise at the St George’s Day event, everyone should be encouraged to say the version of the Promise that means most to them. All the versions can be said at the same time so that everyone can join in rather than repeating the Promise line by line. It is worth considering having a number of young people leading the Promise (rather than just one) using the wording of the Promise that is relevant to each of them.