Each Remembrance Sunday, Scouts in cities, towns and villages across the UK show their support for the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women. This year is made all the more poignant for the fact that that 2018 is the centenary of the Armistice, bringing an end to the First World War.
As Britain entered the First World War on 4 August 1914, Robert Baden-Powell – founder of the Scout Movement – volunteered Scouts to support the war effort. They weren’t to have a military role but could undertake work that released men for service in the armed forces. The skills learned through Scouting proved very useful in carrying out a range of jobs, including working on farms, delivering messages, watching coastlines, fetching hospital supplies, and guarding railway lines.
Towards the end of the war, Scouts worked with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to help keep records of where the fallen were buried. Cubs carried out work knitting socks and stuffing pillows for wounded soldiers, and with many mothers taking up new jobs to help the war effort, were also encouraged to learn skills for helping out at home.
4th Worth attended several services at local churches to mark this occasion, with Cubs, Scouts and Explorers present at St Nicholas’ church (Worth) and Beavers and Cubs at St Richard’s church (Three Bridges).
The service at St Nicholas’, led by a superb choir, really involved the members of the younger sections, with readings and prayers given and names of the fallen read by youth members. A very relevant and inspiring sermon was delivered by Father Michael Boag, before a 2 minute silence was observed.