As the patron saint of Scouting and Scouts, St George’s Day is a significant date in the Bath Scouts calendar. Each year it offers a chance to gather together to share stories of courage and bravery, and renew our Scout Promise.
This year, St George’s Day celebrations came early for Bath Scouts’ Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. At the end of March around 340 young people and 80 adults from groups across the District came together for a fun-packed, all-day trip to Crealy Theme Park in Devon.
The day started off with young people arriving in their smart uniform at the Park and Rides in Odd Down and Lansdown for an 8am sharp departure for the two-hour journey southwest.
Once at Crealy, participants embraced the fun – and faced their fears – as they took on the rollercoasters, water slides, pirate boats and ‘death slides’. They also had meet-and-greet encounters with exotic animals such as snakes and tarantulas as well as somewhat more innocuous goats and sheep.
According to the young people themselves, the best parts of the day were the “awesome rollercoaster” and “pretty cute meerkats”.
They all enjoyed encouraging each other on the scary rides and getting out of their comfort zone to have some fun. The older Scouts also let their independence shine through as they went around Crealy without an adult chaperone.
At the end of the day, we reflected on our adventurous day out and how we can show courage in our everyday lives and stand up for what is right.
Two of our Group Scout Leaders, Helen Davy of 23rd Bath, and Trevor Cook of 13th Bath, were both awarded the Award for Merit for “outstanding service to Scouting” following our promise renewal ceremony.