THE BROMSGROVE Scouts’ St George’s Day Parade returned today after a gap of two years during the pandemic.
The event was slightly changed this year to make it more visible to the community.
Phil Lacey said: “It was a.great celebration and was brilliant to see all of our young people in attendance.”
It comes as scouting across the district has been getting back to normal with all groups and Explorer units are now face-to-face providing hundreds of young people with skills for life.
Groups are now able to run events as normal, even back camping with some restrictions, but it did not prevent everyone from having fun and learning.
Phil added: “Both our young people and leaders are enjoying being back to normal, and enjoying sessions.
“We’ve had groups bell ringing, visiting emergency services, go karting, climbing, archery, camping and so much more, it really has been amazing.”
As a district, the group will be attending this year’s Bromsgrove Carnival and – as well as being in the parade – the Scouts will be in the Carnival arena along with the young people from Bromsgrove who will be attending next year’s World Scout Jamboree in South Korea. They will be fund-raising for the ‘trip of a lifetime’.
The Scouts will also hold a Big Permit Camp, allowing leaders from across the district to come along and complete their training to earn their nights away permit. It enables the group to take young people away on camps and overnight events
Throughout the summer term, Bromsgrove Scouting groups will be out and about at numerous events to promote scouting and how volunteering is also good for people.
Phil said: “Our groups run solely on volunteers to provide your children with skills they wouldn’t necessarily get elsewhere.
“With an ever growing population, our central waiting list is at the highest it has been, which is amazing – however to bring these young people into groups, we do need more awesome people to come forward and help.”
Roles are available to suit all lifestyles – whether it be once-a-term or once-a-week – people’s time is valuable to Scouting Bromsgrove and they would love to hear from potential volunteers.
Phil said: “Despite what you may think, you don’t need to know how to tie knots, or pitch tents, you learn whilst teaching.
“We provide you with a full DBS, ongoing training including first aid, friends for life and lots of laughs and support.”
Those wanting more can check out Scouting Bromsgrove at local events or email Info@scoutsbromsgrove.org.uk or call 0300 7727061 to arrange a chat.