Across Cambridgeshire 6,500 young people have taken part in a wide range of activities and events as they show adults of all ages that they are ensuring the Act of Remembrance will continue for generations to come.

Here’s just a few examples from across Cambridgeshire :                  

  • 1st Little Paxton Scouts – Remembrance parade weekend started with a hike from Buckden to Little Paxton and a sleepover on Saturday evening. They then had an evening of getting uniforms ironed, badges sewn on, shoes shined then a couple of films and pizza. The scouts and leaders were all up early and in good spirits for the St Neots event, with 1st and 2nd St Neots also in attendance
  • 1st Papworth Beaver Scouts created a display for the village Remembrance Day service. Each one wrote a tag saying what they are thankful for, which was turned into a “tree” of remembrance, and hand painted a candle.
  • 1st Whittlesey Scout Group were one of many who chose to help collect donations on behalf of the Royal British Legion
  • 12th Cambridge ensured their own bespoke memorial to lives lost in WW2, of whom the eldest was just 23, was centre stage
  • 28th Cambridge used a video they made 2 years ago, where a 10 year old Cub meets a WW2 veteran
  • This November Cambridgeshire Scouts have been honoured to be presented with an agreement to represent the new Affiliation between themselves and the Royal British Legion. 50th Cambridge were privileged to be joined by Royal British Legions’ County President, their Youth Officer and a representative from Cambridgeshire Scouts for the presentation as part of their own Remembrance Troop meeting.  Watch out for more details about the Affiliation, including the background, the presentation and the opportunities) soon.
  • Then on Remembrance Sunday scouts of all ages were present at many community parades and services, representing the youth of the today with great pride.

Thanks to Abington Jeremiahs, 1st Fenstanton & Hilton, 1st Longstanton, 1st Papworth, 1st Whittlesey, 3rd Nene, 11th/9th Cambridge, 12th Cambridge, 28th Cambridge and 50th Cambridge Scout Groups for sharing their photos plus 1st Earith, Bluntisham and Colne for sharing this short video clip

A bit of scouting history

Around 60,000 of these cloth badges were issued in 1945 to our scouting family members, for carrying out National Service in the Second World War. Here’s an article by Alex Tosh to explain just what they represent.

“This is a bit of a long one but bear with it.

Not many people outside the world of very nerdy Scout leaders will know what this badge is.

This little badge and around 60,000 others very like it were issued in 1945 to members of the Scout Association who carried out National Service in defence of the UK on the home front during the Second World War. While the older members and leaders joined up to serve in the armed forces the younger members did their best to keep their troops going.

This service is mostly remembered for the useful work collecting scrap or for digging for victory or working on farms.

There is however darker side to this service. In many of the most heavy bombed towns and cities in the UK Scouts were thought of as dependable and members were recruited as messengers, first aiders and guides for the massively over stretched fire and police services.

Around 1000 bravery awards were presented for this work. In Bootle, the most bombed place outside of London, three whole Scout Troops were awarded the Silver Cross for bravery.

90% of these National Service Awards and 60% bravery awards were awarded to boys aged between 13 and 17 years.

So while people attend memorials across the country this morning and quite rightly remember the soldiers sailors and airmen lost in the many conflicts across the globe, I’ll have this little badge in my pocket.

I’ll think about the terrified 14 year old directing fire engines during an air raid with burning buildings on each side of the road and bombs bricks glass and tiles raining down on them, or the 15 year old on fire watch seeing the fires and explosions slowly advance towards him or the beleaguered 16 year old patrol leader whose patrol are holding back a crowd, stopping them entering a burning building because they think a relative is still in there.

This is the reason you will see Scouts parading this morning they are not here to glorify wars and conflict. They are there simply to represent those who have gone before and those who did their best in the most terrifying and impossibly difficult situations imaginable.”