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Take Centre Stage - A day of celebration and achievement

Take Centre Stage applications are now closed and will re-open at the end of April 2019

To find out more and to apply see below.

If you have gained your Queen's Scout Award why not Take Centre Stage at Windsor Castle?

Each year we recruit young people and adults to take a leading role in the Day of Celebration and Achievement at Windsor Castle. We're looking for enthusiastic individuals who'll take on a variety of exciting and challenging roles within the event. These volunteers are crucial to making the experience enjoyable for all who attend.

Colour Party

A team of six Queen's Scouts will enjoy the honour of carrying Scouts' Colours (flags) at the front of the Parade and within St George's Chapel. They are trained over a series of weekends to carry out this prestigious role and to act as a focal point for their fellow Queen's Scouts in the Parade.

“It's hard to put such a unique experience into words. You will never get a chance to do something like this again.” – Jemma, Colour Party 2015

“The sense of pride you feel at the head of 450+ Scouts in such a historical setting and the sense of comradeship you feel with your 5 colleagues is 2nd to none. The workload & effort required is high, the rewards are more than worth it and the memories are incredible. Scouting offers a number of life changing experiences; I firmly believe that Windsor Colour Party is one of them.” – Graham, Colour Party 2015

Service Planning and Delivery Team

A team of four Queen's Scouts will have the privilege of constructing and delivering the National Scout Service within St George's Chapel. They are mentored over a series of weekends in order to generate, plan and deliver an inclusive act of reflection and thanksgiving to their fellow Queen’s Scouts and invited guests.

"Being part of the team was an amazing experience that I'm privileged to have been part of. It is the Scouting moment I am most proud of and I'd do it again if I could."  – Dawn, Service Planning and Delivery Team member.

"Working to develop the service was a great experience, with an open brief we could be really creative in our vision. Seeing it all come together on the day and the response of the Queen's Scouts was something really special." – Alan, Service Planning and Delivery Team member.

Section Leaders

Over two weekends, a team of Queen's Scouts will be trained to instruct and guide other Queen's Scouts through the event. They will also help to ensure that the Group enjoy the day as much as possible.


  • All applicants must have achieved their Queen's Scout Award by the time of the event in April.
  • Applicants for the Colour Party and Service Planning and Delivery Team must be aged 16-26 at the time of the event.
  • Applicants for Section Leader must be aged 18 or over and must be able to relate to the Queen's Scouts attending.
  • All applicants must attend the selection event and commit to attending the training/preparation events required for their role.

Selection Process

Those applicants who are shortlisted will be invited to attend the overnight selection event from TBC October 2019 and will be held in (venue TBC) this year.

We will be running a shuttle service from the local public transport stations should you require this and contributions to travel costs will also be available. More details on funding will be made available to those who are invited to attend, your District or County may also be able to support your attendance financially.

If you have previously been a Section Leader, you do not need to attend the selection event, however please do complete an application. 

Training and Preparation
If selected for the Colour Party or Service Planning and Delivery Team you will need to be available to attend one training weekend each month from December through to March. These run from Friday evening through to Sunday late afternoon.

Provisional dates

TBC December 2019

TBC January 2020

TBC February 2020

TBC March 2020

TBC March 2020 (Rehearsal)

TBC April 2020 (Parade Weekend) 

The main event is usually the weekend closest to St George's Day (dependent on confirmation from the Castle).

If selected to be a Section Leader you will need to attend rehearsal weekend in March and the event itself, both of which will run from Saturday morning through to Sunday afternoon.

If you’re interested please apply online by using the link below.

Take Centre Stage applications are now closed and will re-open at the end of April 2019

Expenses and Funding

Those members who are successfully selected onto Colour Party and Service Team will have all their expenses paid, this includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Travel
  • Food

Those members who are successfully selected as Section Leaders will have their Saturday evening dinner and accommodation expenses covered on rehearsal and parade weekends.

Travel expenses will need to be covered by the individual however funding may be available through the Scout Grants Committee’s Benevolent Fund. 

For advice on applying contact the Scout Grants Committee at grants@scouts.org.uk. To complete an application form to apply please click here.


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Take Centre Stage at Windsor Castle

Achieved your Queen’s Scout Award?  Ready for an additional challenge? Why not take centre stage at The Day of Celebration and Achievement at Windsor Castle.  If you’re aged 18-26 you could take a leading role in the Colour Party or construct and lead the National Scout Service or, if aged 18 or over, guide other Queen's Scouts as a Section Leader. Apply online to attend this year's selection event. During December to April your commitment is required at five training weekends. Section Leaders are required for two weekends from March to April. Application closing date is 29th June 2019 .


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