Why I missed the St. George’s Day Parade

A week ago was my district’s St. George’s Day Parade.

I was asked, as a Jamboree participant to talk to the VIPs about my Jamboree journey. I got to talk to my County Commissioner, the current and previous District Commissioners as well as well as many other VIPs. I even got to talk to the Mayor and Mayoress who were very happy to hear about my journey. They were very kind and friendly and appreciated the role of Scouting. However, talking to the VIPs meant that I could not join into the parade through the city which I enjoy each year.

I was also asked to do a reading about Scouting during the First World War since we are in the 100 year centenary of the end of it. I found out that Scouting’s strength during the First World War was in the patrol system and the weekly copy of The Scout which they followed. I spoke in front of my whole district of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders as well as many parents and the VIPs filling up the whole of the cathedral. I had to sit in front of the crowd with the other readers.

Yet again another amazing opportunity given to me through scouting.