Big weekend


It’s been a busy couple of days for Scouts, with London Pride, Gilwell 24 and the British 10k run all taking place during the weekend.

Scout and proud

Members and supporters of The Scout Association attended Pride 2012 on Saturday. The group of around 30 showed their Scout pride by joining the march from Baker Street to Whitehall in central London, distributing branded stickers to the public.

This is the fourth year that The Scout Association has attended Pride, demonstrating Scouting's commitment to equality and building a more inclusive society.

This year's event was the biggest ever, with an estimated 25,000 people marching.

Matt Mills, a member of Scouting's Operations Committee, said, 'It's important for Scouts to attend Pride to continue to show our commitment to diversity and that we want to build a more inclusive and tolerant society. Scouting is open to all irrespective of sexuality.'

24-hour party people

Despite a wet weekend, Explorer Scouts from all over the world attended and enjoyed Gilwell 24, the annual 24-hour-long event at the home of Scouting, Gilwell Park. The event hosted a huge range of fun and exciting activities, from a flying trapeze to outdoor laser quest.

This year witnessed the announcement of record breaker and survival expert, Ed Stafford as a Scouting Ambassador. Ed toured Gilwell Park, chatted to the thousands of guests attending the event and spoke about what Scouting means to him: 'I don't think there are many organisations that help kids the way that Scouting does.  It gives you values and morals in terms of doing things that are active and worthwhile.'

He continued, 'Being a Cub and a Scout gave me a connection with nature and a love of the outdoors, which I've never lost.'

British 10k run

Scouts were also battling through the wet weather on Sunday for the British 10k Run. Members of the Association joined the 12th annual race through London, passing such iconic landmarks as Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

David Tapsell, a District Scout Leader, did the run in just over 55 minutes. He said, 'The buzz in the air was electric and the crowd really did help give you that extra burst of energy to make you get to the finish line. I have never experienced an atmosphere like that and I hope it is the first of many events I get to run for The Scout Association.'

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