St George's Day - ScoutHelp

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St. George's Day is celebrated by several nations of which Saint George is the patron saint, including Catalonia (Spain), England, Portugal, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Macedonia and the Gora.

For England, St. George's Day also marks its National Day. Most countries who observe St. George's Day celebrate it on 23 April, the traditionally accepted date of Saint George's death in 303. St. George's Day is a provincial government holiday in Newfoundland, Canada.

Why do we celebrate St Georges Day - What is it all about?

Lord Baden-Powell choose Saint George to be The Patron Saint of The Scout Association. He felt that the Saint George of legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance. St George's day is kept on the 23rd April and most Districts will hold some form of celebration on the nearest Sunday.

Traditionally this has consisted of a parade followed by a service in a local church. In some areas this may still be appropriate but The Faith and Belief support team would encourage Districts to me more imaginative.

Celebrations of St George should take into consideration the fact that the Scout Association has members that represent all of the major religions. An entirely Christian based celebration is therefore not to be encouraged. Any service should reflect the multi faith aspects of The Scout Association. The contents should also be relevant to the ages of those present. It is always worthwhile checking to see what songs they know from school. Many of these songs are particularly suitable for multi faith acts of worship.

Participation of young members is to be encouraged. Venues should also be carefully considered. The use of non religious building or indeed open air venues should be considered.

Many Districts have only a short act of worship which has been incorporated into an activity day or district camp. Whether the district has a formal St George's day parade or a less formal one they should always include the renewal of Promises for all sections.

Key advice for any act of worship would be to keep it multi-faith, relevant to the age group, short and fun.

For more information on Saint George please see the following factsheet FS295414: St George - Patron Saint of Scouting.

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