St George’s Day was extra special this year. Not only did the sun shine but it signalled a revival of local Scouting after two years of disruption causes by Covid. Ingleborough Hall in Clapham was a perfect setting for the event which started with a parade of members from the car park in the centre of the village to the grounds of the hall.
Cathy Tazzyman, the District Commissioner, took the salute as the Colour Parties approached and the short ceremony consisted of a welcome by the District Commissioner and the story of St George told by the Youth Commissioner. Prayers were led by youth members, Sectional representatives let the Renewal of Promises and the National Anthem was sung. To the sound of applause, John Allan was presented with his Wood Badge and John Nelson received his 5-year service award. The formal proceedings culminated in rousing campfire songs before the parade adjourned for drinks in the classroom and picnic lunches on the lawn.
Suitably refreshed, small teams of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers ran excitedly from post to post taking part in orienteering courses then, having discovered the adventurous activity area, they enjoyed playing in the sun before the afternoon was rounded off with a couple more campfire songs.
It was hard to tell who had enjoyed their time together more, the youth members of the adults! It was certainly good to see everyone back together again, enjoying themselves once again in true Scouting spirit.