Scouts start the Games
The Paralympic Games are just two weeks away and Scouts all over the UK are standing by to get the ball rolling.
The National Flames for the Paralympic Games will be created at the summit of the highest peaks of the four home nations, and Scouts will be there to lend a hand.
The Flames will be created at Scafell Pike (England), Snowdon (Wales), Ben Nevis (Scotland) and Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland). On 22 August, Scouts from nearby communities and some with disabilities, will go to the dizzying climates to help light the Flames before the Torches travel to the nation’s capital cities for Paralympic celebrations.
The Torches will travel all over the UK before heading to Stoke Mandeville, the spiritual home of the Paralympic movement.
Working in teams of of five, 580 inspirational Torchbearers will carry the Flame during the 24-hour relay en route to the opening ceremony.
Selected by public nomination campaigns, Torchbearers include members of the UK's first blind women's cricket team and inspiring 13-year-old, Argyle Bird, a young man from Hull who refuses to let his disability get in the way of achieving his sporting goals.
Some 38 communities around the UK will stage Flame celebrations during the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson said: 'After the spectacular success of the Olympic Games, London is now gearing up for a record-breaking Paralympic Games, which is already on track to be a sell-out for the first time ever. The Paralympic Torch Relay is the perfect moment to get your flags back out and get behind the incredible athletes taking part.'
Join in and inspire
If you you've been inspired by the London 2012 Games Makers and or the Scouts helping to kick-start the Paralympic Games, get involved and volunteer by joining the Scouting adventure.
Celebrate a great summer of Olympic and Paralympic events in Scout style by getting hold of your own Olympic scarf and badge. Check them out at Scout Shops