Close to 100 Scouts and Cub Scouts followed the Somerset Brigade band and marched from Warren Simmons Field to St James Church in Sandys to take part in their annual St George Day Parade and Church Service on Sunday [Apr 21].
Bermuda’s Chief Scout, Governor George Ferguson attended as did Chief Commissioner Dr Geoffrey Rothwell. The service was led by the Venerable Dr Arnold Hollis. Cub Scout Micah Cook of 17th Cub Scouts Pack and Scout Kirk Stapff of 19th Scouts read a lesson and offered a prayer.
Both the Governor as Chief Scout and the Chief Commissioner gave short comments to the boys. The Chief Scout commented that the traditions and ethos of Scouts and Scouting was that of service to mankind. He said that it was noticeable that in the footage of the recent Boston Marathon bombings, some people were running away to safety while others were running in to help. He said he thought that Scouts would have been amongst those running in to help and to serve others.
The service was followed by a march past where, again led by the Somerset Brigade band, the column of Scouts saluted the Chief Scout. St George Day is April 23rd and St George is the patron saint of all Scouts who follow the Christian tradition. The Scout movement itself was started by Lord Baden-Powell in 1907; and started in Bermuda in 1910.