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A soldier, a saint, a Scout?

Why do Scouts celebrate St George’s Day? Find out with a fun quiz.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Access to the internet
  • Pens/pencils (optional)
  • Paper (optional)

Before you begin 

  • You can use the Kahoot! quiz we’ve set up or keep it simple and read the questions out for people to answer on paper or in the chat. You can find a copy of the questions and answers below, along with some extra information to share.
  • It might be useful to let everyone know in advance if you’re using Kahoot! or another online quiz platform. For Kahoot!, everyone will need to be able to see two screens so they can see the question and submit their answer.

How much do you know about St George’s Day?

  1. The person leading the activity should explain that St George’s Day is on 23 April. Does anyone know why Scouts celebrate it?
  1. If you’re using Kahoot!, the person leading the activity should open up the St George’s Day quiz and share their screen.
  1. Everyone should load the Kahoot! app, or go to kahoot.it in a web browser. They should enter the pin number shown on the person leading the game’s screen.
  2. Everyone should do their best at answering the quiz to explore who we think St George was and how St George’s Day is celebrated.

 

Our values

I’m hoping to get St George’s Day adopted as the day on which Scoutmaster’s Commissioners, Leaders and Scouts will look up their instructions, read through their handbooks and review their promises for the ensuing season. St George is the patron saint of Scouts, and their observance of his day will bring all Scouts the more in touch throughout the world.

Robert Baden-Powell, Headquarters Gazette (February 1914)


  1. Everyone should discuss why Baden-Powell chose St George as Scouts’ patron saint. What characteristics or values does he show? How do they fit with Scout values, the Promise, and the Law (if your section has one)?
  1. The person leading the activity could remind everyone that Scouts make a promise to do their best, help others, and act with compassion. The Scout Law talks about having courage, and the version for Cubs talks about thinking of others before ourselves.
  2. Baden-Powell served with a cavalry (horseback) regiment in the British Army. St George is the patron saint of all cavalry soldiers, whose role is often to look for (or ‘scout’ for) the enemy. When Baden-Powell set up Scouts, he thought that St George should be the patron saint of his new movement. The person leading the activity could share this information and quote above:
    • What does everyone think of it?
    • Is anything surprising?
    • How does this fit in with how we celebrate now?
  1. The person leading the activity should share any other ways that people could get involved in celebrating St George’s Day this year.

Reflection

The legend of St George is a story of the triumph of good over evil.  Can anyone think of any other occasions or festivals which celebrate this theme? One example is Diwali, often known as the festival of light.

You may not have saved your community from any dragons recently, but what other things have you done to help your community? If you’re looking for more ways to help your community, why not take a look at A Million Hands.

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Online safety

Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.

For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.

As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.