The Diamond Jubilee celebrations will take place this weekend. The official celebrations will span four days between 2-5 June, and Scouts everywhere are getting into the party spirit.
To celebrate Her Majesty the Queen's 60 years as the British Monarch, Scouts all over the world will pay tribute and celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in typical Scout fashion.
One particular Scout will be honoured on Tuesday by playing a lead role in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee service at Windsor. Caitlin Ripley, a 20-year-old Scout from Cumbria, will speak in front of a congregation of 2,000 key figures. Mirroring the Queen's reign of service and leadership, Caitlin's own fantastic accomplishments in Scouting earned her the honourable Queen's Scout Award for her Scouting services.
Caitlin will be seen and heard across a number of TV stations and radio shows on Tuesday morning before the Jubilee Service at St. Paul's.
She said, 'I thought achieving my Queen's Scout Award would be the highest achievement I could dream of... It gave me the chance to experience so many new things, from environmental work to county level cross country. But I was wrong, it was an absolute honour to be asked to write and perform the church service at Windsor this year.'
Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
On Sunday, a thousand ships and boats will sail seven miles from Putney Bridge to Tower Bridge for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. One of the smallest vessels on the river will be a kayak manned by two members from Lowestoft Explorer Scouts. Lawrence Chapman and Ross Richardson are also Queen's Scouts: a fitting tribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The 4th Streatham Sea Scouts will also join the Pageant and have two gigs rowing on the river with a crew made up of Scouts and Explorers from its Group.
Scouts across the UK are preparing their Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Somerset County Scouts is holding an entire weekend of Scout activities for its 'ScoutFest' celebrations. Meanwhile, Croydon District will be holding 'CroyCamp', with about 1,500 young people attending.
Folkestone and Hythe District Scouts will help at the Shepway Airshow 2012 during the weekend. The young people will sell programmes, litter pick and promote Scouting by running a craft stand, treasure hunt and some other challenges.
You can still get your celebratory Queen's Diamond Jubilee products at The Official Scout Shop.