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Happy St. George's Day!

How is St.George’s Day celebrated in Bournemouth?

St. George is the Patron Saint of Scouts, Cubs, Beavers and Sea Scouts.

To celebrate St. George’s day in Bournemouth, last Sunday more than 1,000 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Sea Scouts marched through Bournemouth as part of their annual St George’s Day parade.

The children and young people marched along the coast from Durley Chine in the west of Bournemouth towards Bournemouth’s Pier Approach before congregating at Bournemouth Gardens for a promise ceremony.

They were led by Christchurch and District Community Concert Band. The Mayor of Bournemouth, Counsellor Phil Stanley-Watts, was among the dignitaries waiting to take the Scout’s salute.

Did you know the Scouting movement has its roots in the local area of Bournemouth?

In 1907, Robert Baden-Powell, the founder, held an activity camp on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. This started the Scouts. Outdoor activities are a key part of the Scouts and include camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking and other sports. Scouts also have an easily recognizable uniform. Their motto is ‘be prepared’. The Scouts emphasize good citizenship and decision-making by young people. The Scouting movement is now found all over the world.

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