WE ARE the largest youth organisation in the country, and I do believe in the world.
We’re multi-faith, so we do expect everybody to have a faith.
And with their training it means they can almost do anything – their choice is almost unlimited.
You see the image of climbing and canoeing and that sort of thing but there’s also work on the environment, the arts and more in the training, which they can get awards in.
It doesn’t mean to say a young person has to do everything, they just have to do their best at whatever they choose.
The Scout promise starts with ‘I promise to do my best’ – and that’s all we expect from them.
For as long as I know, St George’s Day has been the day that all Scouts renew their promise.
Although we make the promise when we’re first invested, we have a specific day where everybody across the country actually renews their promise.
It’s usually one Sunday or the other – ours was this Sunday just gone.
We had people marching in Gosport from Rainbows in the Guide movement to Beavers in the Scout movement – they’re the youngest people – right the way through to adult members.
We all renew our promise, with each section depending on their age, having slightly amended promises to suit their age group but all Scouts and adults make the same one.
Support from the public on the march was great.
I was checking there was nothing obstructing the parade up the High Street so I went into shops with billboards and politely asked them if they could move them all back a bit – they all did.