Last Sunday, Scouts from Eastleigh, Fair Oak, Bishopstoke, Allbrook, Horton Heath, Boyatt Wood and beyond went online to attend a virtual St George’s day parade.
Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the patron Saint of Scouting. He felt that the Saint George legend set an excellent example of faith, courage and perseverance for future generations. Every year Eastleigh Scouts hold a parade around Eastleigh town centre on the Sunday closest to St George’s Day, but with face to face Scouting suspended due to COVID-19, this wasn’t possible.
Instead, over 400 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network, Leaders, volunteers, parents and carers put on their uniforms and tuned in at once for an interactive live virtual St George’s Day Parade. In front of their TVs, tablets and laptops they marched around Eastleigh with The Spitfires Scout and Guide band leading the way. Along the route, they tried to spot all the dragons and flags before listening to Jono, the District Chaplain and renewing their promise. The Lions club of Eastleigh even virtually closed the roads for us!
Dick Whittington, from Eastleigh District Scouts, explains:
‘St George’’s day is a significant event in the Scouting calendar and we didn’t want to miss it. It was great we could take this online, and we were thrilled that over 70 Scouts and leaders sent us videos in advance to be included in the live event. On the day, we were surprised and delighted that other Scouts also joined us from across the UK to celebrate and renew their promise. We really are one big family.’
The live event was well received and positive praise poured in online with comments including
‘What a fantastic idea! Well done Eastleigh District. I enjoyed marching round Eastleigh with everyone. Keep Scouting everyone” and “Thank you for a brilliant parade, the amount of effort this must have taken was impressive. We loved the POV video and the band, nearly the same as marching the route!’
The video has now been viewed over 1,200 times with over 340 comments.
To watch a recording of the live event, please go to facebook.com/eastleighscouts