This weekend, on St George’s Day, Isaac celebrated his 8th birthday.
Over the last 3 months he has suddenly matured before our very eyes, although he will forever be the family clown. When our car broke down he stayed calm and helped me look after Eliza and Sebastian, keeping them safe away from the road when I needed to talk to the Recovery Driver.
His role as a Lodge Leader at Beavers has also seen him thrive and I was really proud watching him organise his Lodge at the end of a few Beavers sessions, and were often the only ones behaving and standing still whilst listening to instructions for the following week.
Last week was his final session as a Beaver Scout as at the age of 8 they move up to Cubs and as he was presented with his 2 year service badge he was invited to be a flag bearer at the St George’s Day parade, his final act as a Beaver Scout and at the biggest event of the year.
Baden-Powell chose Saint George to be the Patron Saint of The Scout Association as he felt that the Saint George legend set a good example of faith, courage and perseverance for future generations so it is something they look forward to every year.
Locally, all the Scout Association which consist of Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Adventure Scouts take part in a St George’s Day Parade and as Isaac belongs to the 21st Bournemouth Scout group, he got to take part in the Bournemouth Parade that travelled from Durley Chine, down to Bournemouth Gardens and the Bandstand.
We gathered at a very chilly Durley Chine at 9.30am but were very thankful it was dry after our previous year’s attempt was rained off. We were a little early so that gave the kids a chance to burn off some energy before it got busy.
By 10am most of the groups were there and all lined up by their respective signs ready for the parade to start, it was quite a spectacular sight to see everyone in their uniform. The numbers were bolstered by two marching bands, the parents and families of children who are part of the Scouting Association and members of the public who came to watch.
As they marched past the Mayor, Scouting Leaders and St George’s flag they were ordered to look left before continuing on their journey to the gardens. Once they reached the gardens, Isaac had to branch off from his group and walk with the other flag bearers to present their flag by the bandstand.
Our scout group led the parade last year, so this year we were at the back and Isaac was the very last person to present his flag. I had worried he would be nervous, but he took it all in his stride and waited patiently for his turn.
After Isaac presented his flag, Cllr Adams thanked all those who had attended and told everyone “The way you turned out today is exceptional,” , before joking: “The sun was ordered and it has come on time.”
The Scout Law and promise for the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts were then each read aloud which the children had to join in with, which encourages members to be loyal, courageous and respectful of themselves and others and then awards were handed out to some children for exceptional achievements before we all stood to sing the national anthem.
It was certainly a very busy birthday weekend for Isaac with his Science Party on Saturday and then a very proud moment for all of us on Sunday, plus he made the local paper too. Being the age of 8 has certainly started very well and we wish him lots of luck for starting Cubs on Thursday.