Two Dragons and a Grumpy Princess!
1 May 2018

St George DSC00899This year, breaking with tradition from their usual St George’s Day celebrations, Ingleborough District Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Network Scouts, together with their leaders and supporters, abandoned parading in uniform with their flags in favour of a less formal approach. A small team, headed by ADC (Cubs) Cathy Tazzyman, had planned the event to make it a fun and meaningful activity for both young people and adults.

Having gathered at Mealbank Hall, the Scout headquarters in Ingleton, the party was led along the riverbank to Storrs Common by two dragons, a grumpy princess and St George, all dressed in colourful costumes. With panoramic views of the surrounding hills, their story unfolded in a short drama with a thought-provoking message about inclusion and diversity, two fundamental Scouting values. It was followed by the investiture of two new leaders, Chloe Allan and Jennie Perkins, and the presentation of awards by the County Commissioner, Mark Edwards, to Jackie Rowe for ten years, and to Anne Cox for twenty years, service to Scouting. He also presented an Explorer Belt to Assistant Scout Leader, John Nelson, who travelled to Morocco last year to discover its rich and varied culture and sites of historical interest, in order to achieve his award. Scout members then renewed their Promise and the youth members enjoyed a lively game of ‘Capture the Flag’. This was followed by a cheerful refrain of the action song ‘Singing in the Rain’, before returning to Mealbank Hall.

Once back in the warmth of the hall, the audience was entertained by a dozen Ingleton leaders performing a flash dance to the music of ‘This is Me’. Finally, a reading embracing the true meaning of the Scouting spirit which welcomes all, whatever their background, culture or appearance, gave much on which to reflect. The serving of hot dogs and ice cream rounded off the event, which was a fitting celebration of St George, the patron saint of Scouting.

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