Andy King took his scouts to the unveiling of the National memorial Project in Staffordshire. Here is his report and an explanation of the project.
'Hogwarts Troops was privileged to be invited to the unveiling of the newScout memorial. This was held on the 5th June. we had tickets for 2 leaders and 6 Scouts/Explorers. This was a very moving day for myself, thinking of all the Scouting family we have lost over all of the years. the Scouts made the whole leader team very proud, being very smart and being a part of scouting history. I asked the Scouts for a few words that sum up the day, below is what i have received.
I really enjoyed the memorial in Staffordshire. I learnt all about the Scouts that sadly died or were tragically killed in the Armed forces. I felt very honoured to be chosen as I had only just joined the Edenbridge group. We were so lucky because it was incredible weather.
My favourite part was seeing the breath taking sandstone sculptures and the gift shop of course. I now know things about Scouts that I never knew before.
My Granny was a Girl Guide and my Dad was a Scout. I think my Mum was a Brownie as well, so it is more or less in my blood!
Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity and I hope to representSevenoaks in other events.
Lolly St Pierre
It was a very interesting day,
Even through the journey was long the day was worth it.
I found the story's around the unveiling of the 6 statues engaging, thought provoking and inspiring.
It made me feel part of the Scouting family, and to try and be a betterScout because of this day.
This is why IScout......#VeryProudLeader'
The Scouting Memorial Project is a national campaign run by Scouting volunteers designed to raise awareness of “Remembrance”.
It aims to raise funds to build and maintain a Scouting memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum which is at Alrewas, near Lichfield, to remember those members of the Association who have given service to Scouting and their communities, with a special remembrance for those who have suffered through conflict.
The goals are to not only create a focus for national Scouting remembrance but also to increase the education and awareness of our young people to the concept of remembrance by recognising the service and sacrifices made by others on our behalf. With ongoing conflicts this recognition is just as relevant today as it has ever been.
Staffordshire Scouts are proud to support this worthwhile project.
Further information, methods of donating and how you can get your own cloth and pin Memorial badges is available by visiting the project’s website by clicking on the link below.