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Coronation weekend

Coronation weekend: 6-8 May 2023

The Coronation of HM The King on Saturday 6th May will be an incredibly special moment for people across the UK and Commonwealth, and a time of great celebration and unity. It’s also an opportunity for us to reflect on our promise to help other people, which is central to our Scouts values. The celebrations will continue throughout the weekend.

We are incredibly proud that Cambridgeshire Scouts will be supporting so many people visiting London during an historic day serving the nation and helping other people.

Explorer Scout, Henry Fuller, from Fenland District will be attending a special screening of the Coronation at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster. He will be among 50 Explorer Scouts and Leaders that are part of a group of 400 young people representing a range of charitable organisations with a long history of support from the Royal Family.

Cambridgeshire Scout volunteers Alex Burgess, Ellie-Anne Watts, James Metharam, James Traynor, Josh Marshall and Robert Hudson are part of the Scouts team in London. As Scouts we take a promise to do our duty to the King. We are one of four organisations providing stewarding and route lining services, helping people navigate London and enjoy this special day.

Conan Fryer, Ely District is volunteering on the welfare and staff team that supports them. They will spend the weekend at Gilwell Park, hosted by the Scouts at the Coronation Camp.

Best wishes to all involved.

Scouts contributing to the Coronation and The Big Help Out across the nations | Blog | Scouts

Pictured: James Taynor and Josh Marshall arrive at Gilwell Park for the Coronation Camp



George Devine BEM, Cambridgeshire Scout and former International Commissioner is attending the King’s Coronation at Westminster Abbey.

On BBC Radio Cambridgeshire today (5th May), George told presenter Chris Mann that he would be wearing his Scout Uniform to the Coronation.

“As a wee boy in Oxgangs, Edinburgh, I don’t think I ever thought the day would come when I would be considered for inclusion in such an historic event. My mum would have been tickled pink that her son was to be part of the occasion!”

A brilliant interview. Congratulations George. Have a great day.

Take a listen to the replay on BBC Sounds: .


Sunday 7th May: is The Big Lunch, and

Monday 8 May (bank holiday) is  The Big Help Out.

  • Many Scouts will be getting involved in the day
  • This aims to bring local communities together and create a lasting legacy to help inspire new volunteers to join us.
  • Ensure that your Group/District is registered on the Big Help App, even if you’re not planning an event on that day.   Potential volunteers can then see that scouting exists in your area”
    • Register here to advertise tasks you need help with. (Anything from cutting the grass at the Scout HQ to becoming a Trustee)
    • Use descriptions, rather than Scouting roles, which are better understood by the  public.

Let us know how your group or section plans to celebrate. Please also use the Submit a story link afterwards  to send us a short summary and a few pictures  for the County Facebook/website news to help promote positive community engagement by local scouting.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls