Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the patron Saint of Scouting. He felt that the Saint George legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance for future generations.
St George’s Day is celebrated on the 23rd April, and around this time Scouts will often hold some form of celebration. Events vary widely but most usually
- involve youth and adult members
- include a Promise renewal
- be shaped by young people
- be inclusive for all
- engage the community
- promote Scouting
Some Districts hold events, others do something at a Group level. It is a good opportunity to think about our Promise and remind ourselves what it means; to say thank you to people; to recognise success; and to show the public that Scouting is alive and strong.
Who was St George and did he slay a Dragon? There is no simple answer to this – some say he was a Roman Officer, of Greek descent living in Turkey around 300AD. In the 5th century there were different legends about how and why he was killed for his faith. There is nothing about a dragon until the 11th century. You can also find him in Muslim texts as a prophet. He is the patron saint of England, of Georgia, and of Malta, there are Castles, Churches, Schools and Hospitals named after him. He is the patron saint of soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers, and he helps those suffering from leprosy and plague.
However you mark this day make it something special and relevant to everyone who takes part.