Scouts renew promise

May 6, 2020

A Father and Son from Goole have renewed their Scout Promise along with hundreds of other Scouts across the country thanks to the power of social media.

Charlie Begbie and his Dad, Neil, who is the Scout Group Leader for Goole Scouts.
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Neil and Charlie Begbie donned their Scout uniform and stepped outside their home to recommit to their promise in the annual Scouting tradition.
Each year on St George’s Day Scouts across the country join together to renew their Scout Promise and celebrate with fun activities.
The yearly tradition takes place on the national holiday as St George is the patron saint of Scouts.
The Blacktoft Beacan District Scouts, which the Goole club is part of, usually meets at Beverly Race Course to hold a day of fun games and socialising and gives members the opportunity to renew their promise with other Scouts from the local area.
Due to the current social distancing measures the Scouts were unable to meet to renew their promise together this year, but not to let the current situation get the better of them, Scouts across the country recorded themselves re-committing to the Scout Law and sent the video into the their group leader.
All the individual submissions were then combined together to create a video showing all the Scouts renewing their vows together.
Neil explained why it is important for Scouts to renew their promise.
He said: “It reminds us that we have made these promises and should follow them. For me it is a lifestyle choice and I think it is such a great thing for people of all ages to be involved with.”
The Scout Group Leader has been involved with the Scouts since joining Beevers when he was 6 years old, nearly 30 years ago, and his son Charlie is now following in his footsteps, also joining Beevers when he was 6 and now continuing to be an active member of the Scouts, aged 11.
Neil said: “I have never forced Charlie to be part of the Scouts but he really enjoys it and continues to be an active member of the group and renew his promise each year.”
The pair recommitted to their promise on Thursday evening before showing support for the NHS and key workers by joining in the weekly 8pm national clap.

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