The parade started opposite the RNLI Station heading down the quay, finishing outside the Thistle Hotel, with families and friends of the young people on parade lining the streets in support. The weather held out for the duration of the parade and it concluded with all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders renewing their promises.
The Mayor of Poole, Councillor Peter Adams, also attended the celebration of St. George and said how fantastic it was to see so many young people in attendance. He also commented on amount of time volunteered by Adults in Poole to keep Scouting active in the town and how much it benefits the wider community.
Anthony Dakin, a Scouting representative from Poole, said: “It has been a fantastic turnout today, with so many young people present, supported by their Leaders.”
“All the Leaders give up their time voluntarily to provide adventure and activity for our members across Poole. We have a range of volunteering options available, with Leaders able to commit as much or as little time as they want to Scouting.”
St. George was adopted as the Patron Saint of Scouting by founder Lord Baden-Powell, who also has a statue on Poole Quay. He was chosen as the Patron Saint due to overcoming adversity when he famously faced the dragon.
Adam Johnson, an Explorer Leader in Poole, said: “Alongside traditional Scouting Activities, like this parade, there is such a great range of fun and adventure that our members get to take part in.”
“We’ve recently had our Explorers, who are aged between 14 and 17, take part in a camp including activities such as Zorbing, Hovercrafting, Rage Buggies and Kayaking.”