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    St Georges Day Parade

    I know not everybody does one, but if you did, how did it go?

    Ours started off OK, but I was disappointed with the way it went. One of my Cubs wrote a prayer. We were told that the prayers were to be done when the Leaders went up to do the renewal of promise.

    About half way through, a Beaver did their promise and an Explorer, then the Curate got up and finished the prayers, so the Cub and Scout missed theirs completely.

    I then ended up doing the Cub promise at the last minute as it hadn't been organised and the Cubs all stood there not saying anything. Again, bit of a disaster from that point of view.

    The service took 30 minutes start to finish and I ended up waiting 40 minutes in the freezing cold for the parents who didn't attend the service to pick their child up. I just felt it was very rushed this year.

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    Ours went well. Service a little too long for the kids but weather held off - so all good!
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    I met Joe Hunter off here because it was at their place and got my photo taken with my flag bearers. Might end up on here that photo.

    The rain was, as always, in attendence and persisted until we got to church, were it predictably stopped. The march itself was a little poor as it was cold, wet, and we were right at the back so we couldn't hear a thing. Not as many Cubs came as I thought and there will be words on Thursday - we take Georges Parade seriously. The new Scout Leader had "forgotten" to tell the section, so again there will be more words that I won't be involved in I hope as three Scouts turned out, which is very poor.

    My Cubs behaviour was impeccable in the church, and the whole mass was done in 30 mintues, which was a result as it normally drags on and on, and on, and on. Bonus for their being no rendition of "Onwards Christian Soldiers" which was a welcome relief, as it is usually murmuered by the oldies who are on their own knowing it.

    My hair survived the parade, and my Cubs did us proud.....again.

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    ours was fantastic! we a fantastic turnout from the district and it was really really impressive! we had a scouts gazebo at the side where there was someone talking to people about scouting which seemed like a great idea!

    church service was probably about 45 minutes which was ok.

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    We have a family camp over St Georges day, which was well attended but wet! And a service today on camp. The vicar had us learn the Lords Prayer in Sioux sign language, and then we sang a South African hymn, which made me smile but miffed at the same time because they werent singing it right!!! And of course I was, so I was singing bits all by myself...

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    You can stick the picture on your site and link it to here if you want. The Cubs are doing their computer badge and the net will be used as well....

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    ours went pretty good, lots of cubs got awards and our ESL got his silver acorn, our explorers were cheering him as he went up to get it ,on the parade to the church we had loads of people taking pictures and some people who came to our jumble yesturday were driving past waving franticly at us. tea and coffee back at the hut and a guy from the paper came to take pics of those who got awards. weather was nice too. only prob, not enough biccies and cake, my explorers got most of them before anyone else could!

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    Reasonable length service (the church uses electric guitar, bass and singers and is quite rocky/ poppy), good turnout and indeed good crowds and it ended up sunny.

    Also my son was one of the escorts for the Beaver flag which was nice, and my wife brought me a pint in the pub afterwards!
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    Ours went Ok. Rainy but we had about 250 turn out. Bit strange. No Vicar - the old one retired (with Thanks Badge and Anniversary necker, naturally) and the new one hasn't turned up yet. No DC. Frank had to step down because his wife was ill - the CC is standing in but was on hols. So thank heavens for the Scout Fellowship - they did a brilliant job.

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    Ours went well. The weather was reasonable, so the YP didn't need coats (at Remembrance Parade last year I made them all keep their coats on as the weather was so bad).
    I had 15 Cubs out of 24 with apologies from 5 more. Our Scouts had about 7 and they were all very scruffy. Elder son carried the Scout flag, younger son escorted Cub flag, which was good as this is the last parade with them in the same Group.
    The service was about 60 minutes , but the vicar was very good and had one of my Cubs out to help with the sermon and dressed him up in old wellies, surplice with a scarf as a belt, wearing a fireman's helmet and carrying a compostor lid as a sheild!

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    We haven't had a St. George's Day parade but are having a joint District St. George's Camp with another District next weekend which I am looking forward to

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Hunter View Post
    Hello Kaawaterloo- good meeting you and your cool hair cut :0)

    I have added some pictures of our Scouts on our site, more still to come, www.stmartinsscouts.moonfruit.com

    I agree the service was fantanstic- not too long or too little.

    The Scouts also behaved well apart from one at the end who had his name shouted across the church carpark- he thought game of hide and sneek would be funny after been told at least five to stand somewhere while his mother collected him. However apart from that really good afternoon.

    80% of them turn up so thumbs up. Parading down the street lets people see how active Scouting is and the added adverts in paper gives a great impression- 'shouting for scouting', I think we did today

    P.S Kaawaterloo could you send me your e-mail address so that I can send you the pic.

    Cheers, Joe
    I wasn't that impressed with the service, Vicar seemed to want to get rid of us. Shame it rained thought Good turn out of West Hull explorers thanks to all those that helped with the collection and flags.
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    I had the honour in organising our service this year. The service went well and lasted about 45mins. I had plenty of help with the parade of flags up the aisle, 25 youngsters with flags has, in the past had its moments The service was held in the local town church and was packed with members and parents . The guest speaker was our Padre from the RAF base. His address was about being prepared. He said he wanted to show some slides (the old ones that go in a cassette in a projector) but had not got anything set up. He had the projector, screen and extension cable located with different people all around the church. It was funny watching the Cub who had brought up the extension lead to be told to "just plug it in somewhere" his face when he turned round to the congregation was a picture. The Padre then proceeded to 'trip' at the wrong moment sending the slides all over the place. Renewing our Promises went well even the DC did not take as long as I had expected handing out Warrants and Awards!!!

    All in all it went very well, though not going to be first in the queue to organise next years
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    Ours went well, we had 3 out of 4 beavers turn up so we mixed them in with the cubs but they all marched well.

    The only problem was when Kieran stopped dead in the middle of the marching cos his shoes rubbed his ankle, so some cubs nearly stacked into the back of him.

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