On Sunday, Scouts from across Cheltenham gathered in Whaddon Park to celebrate St George’s Day.
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network and Leaders all met up to parade to All Saint’s Church for a service with a difference – including a camp fire inside! All the Scout Groups from across Cheltenham were represented in an annual get together to celebrate the adventures of the past year.
Over 300 young people attended the service, which included the awarding of the Bob Lyle Trophy to Black Sheep Explorers for being the fastest Cheltenham team in the Cotswold Marathon this year. The Cotswold Marathon is an overnight hike in February, with participants having to deal with rain, freezing temperatures and navigating in the dark – a true test of skill.
Rachel, from Prestbury, also completed her Queen’s Scout Award at the service and so next year will take part in the national parade at Windsor Castle for those who have earned the top award. A Queen’s Scout Award is the culmination of years of work and helping others.
Even the youngest members got a chance to take part. Celebrating 30 years of Beavers, 40 years of girls in Scouting and 100 years of Cubs, Jack, a Beaver from Swindon Village said:
My favourite activity is water fights, because I love running round and getting wet!
Cheltenham Scouts are always on the lookout for new people to help offer life changing experiences to young people. Volunteers are needed not only to be leaders, but also to help behind the scenes so if you have a couple of hours spare and would like to help please get in touch.