So much to celebrate and be thankful for
1,900 volunteers from Scouting and Guiding filled Westminster Abbey on Saturday as we celebrated the very best that our Movement offers and thanked those that make it possible, our volunteers.
Queen’s Guides Clare and Becky, and Queen’s Scouts Tom and Kirstie, were interviewed in the course of the service, led by the Dean himself, and shared what Guiding and Scouting offers them - the fun, adventure and the life-changing skills and experiences. They each paid tribute to the leaders who had made it possible for them and explained how this has led each of them to volunteer themselves.
An inspiring challenge
A very inspiring address was given by the Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, who paid tribute to the revival of Scouting and Guiding and the difference they make to our communities. She challenged us also to help those young people most in need in our societies, especially in those areas affected by riots in the summer and by gang culture. Much food for thought.
Building on successes
The Chief Guide and I have previously shared our wish for our two movements to work more closely together, and so we took advantage of the joint service for our respective teams to meet on Friday evening.
We shared successes, identified hurdles and agreed opportunities for closer co-operation locally and nationally, to ensure that we can offer more young people the life changing experiences that Scouting and Guiding can offer. One way to do this is by emphasising the 1,000,000 plus members we already have...
Saying 'thank you' for the most exceptional service
Over 200 Silver Wolf recipients and their guests joined us for a special luncheon following Saturday’s service so that we could say a very special thank you for their commitment to Scouting. There were some truly amazing stories. I know one table totted up the number of years service between them and it came to 299 years – and there were 22 tables. Just imagine the number of young lives changed.
Another milestone achieved on Friday, with a page 2 correction from The Daily Mail, apologising for calling us 'Boy Scouts' and acknowledging that we changed that in 1967.