Scouts show new Promise at parade

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IT WAS a fun day all round celebrating St George’s Day but for the Portsmouth Scouts, it gave them the chance to show their new alternative Promise.

Youngsters from across the city gathered at Guildhall Square to join in with the festivities.

But the Scouts were also able to show off their new alternative Promise which allows children from all faiths, or those with none, to join in.

The process of getting the alternative Promise has taken 10 months but it is now available for all Scouts.

Father Bob White, from St Mary’s Church in Fratton Road, Fratton, said: ‘I’m delighted the Scout Association has released an additional alternative Promise.

‘It will ensure Scouting continues to be even more inclusive by welcoming those with no faith, as well as those with faith.

‘It’s important to remember, however, that faith and helping young people understand and explore their faiths will remain a core part of the Scouting programme.’

To celebrate the Patron Saint of Scouts, St George, the Portsmouth Scouts had a picnic in Victoria Park in Portsmouth, before taking part in a parade in Guildhall Square.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Lynne Stagg, joined in with the celebrations.

Cllr Stagg said: ‘Scouting gives young people from all backgrounds the opportunity for fun and adventure.

‘It’s fantastic to see how it’s developing in the city.

‘Over the past year I’ve seen them climbing, air rifle shooting, having a go at archery, on the water, and of course hiking and camping.

‘I would applaud anyone wanting to get involved.’

For more information or to join the Portsmouth Scouts, visit