Over the end of last week, and the weekend, thousands of young people and adults from Cambridgeshire Scouts took part in a range of events and activities as part of St George’s Day celebrations, whether that was at home, virtually or in person – and all within required guidelines. It certainly showed just how creative our volunteers can be!

Everyone had the opportunity to join in a local, District or County event of some sort to renew their scouting Promise and to see some of the amazing volunteers presented with some special awards. Apparently young and old alike noticed a lockdown phenonium that appears to have shrunk their uniforms, but getting back to outdoor scouting will hopefully soon resolve that!

In Ely District they enjoyed a range of family activities that included making a “nature dragon”, took part in “crystal maze” fun, learned some magic tricks, made St George’s Day pancakes, went out and about on a scavenger hunt and took part in a family quiz.

Everyone in Cromwell District was challenged to fly the flag, making the flag pole and the flag from anything they liked – and photographed somewhere different if out and about on a  walk or other journey. Cub Scout Izzy did a great job of making her flag and flagpole, as can be seen from some of the photos. One of the Explorer Scout Units met face to face, and finished off their session with some scouting activities.

The President of Cambridgeshire Royal British Legion, Colonel Roger Herriot OBE DL, joined in the virtual Hinchingbrooke District event – thanking all who have helped fundraise and explaining plans to celebrate the Legion’s 100th anniversary this year.

Those young people in Newmarket District that had earned the highest award possible, the Chief Scout Award, were also recognised as part of their virtual event.

Some of the boys and girls in Cambridge District where able to take part in some “splat” archery (so called because that is the noise the arrows make when they hit the target!)., whilst in one Group the leaders launched a “You can have your cake, eat it, and even win a prize too” – a  baking competition with a Scouting theme (we’ll share more details of their no doubt yummy creations in due course).

In Hinchingbrooke District some of the young people were even able to show off their fire lighting and backwoods cooking skills on local TV news.

As well as reflecting on the positive impact scouting has had, and continues to have, on countless generations of young people, St George’s Day is also used as an ideal opportunity to recognise adult volunteers with scouting awards. Arranging to present these virtually, without the recipients being aware in advance, has involved a new level of problem solving – but those creative skills made it work!

Chris Ward, County Commissioner, said “I am always so proud to see scouting celebrated on St George’s Day, and whilst the normal camps and parades have not been possible our wonderful volunteers have not let that stand in their way. Whilst all our adults are great at what they do it is also always great to be able to recognize some with awards. There are too many names to share but Keith Horn, Group Scout Leader of 1st St Neots,  is just one example of the difference scouting volunteers make by giving their time, and it was great to recognise him with the highest award in scouting a “Silver Acorn”. Congratulations to all our award recipients.”

St George’s Day was also the launch of the fun packed “Challenge 21”,with lots for all ages to have fun doing – whether a member of scouting or not. Why not take a look?

Scout Network member Laura Fagg helped listeners across the country finish off in their dancing shoes, hosting a disco show on Scout Radio.

A full list of the Cambridgeshire awards is included in this video summary of the on-line county Promise renewal event.