Scouts from Surrey supported HRH King Charles III at Coronation
06 May 2023: Sarah Stevens (Runnymede district), Luke Arscott (Banstead district), (Emma Robinson (Guildford East district), Edward Phillips (Woking district) and 400 other young Scouts headed to London, did their duty for the King and took part in this momentous occasion.
Sarah, Luke, Emma and Edward and their fellow Scouts were responsible for supporting Coronation at Westminster Abbey, crowd stewarding, and supporting the public who were there to celebrate with the King. The Scouts managed huge crowds at locations such as the big screen in St James Park, Hyde Park, Green Park, and the Admiralty Arch.
50 Scouts attended the Coronation event at St Margaret’s church. These young people witnessed the historic moment take place and experienced the once in a lifetime event due to their service and willingness to support the nation. The Scouts were some of the first people to see the newly appointed King leave Westminster Abbey.
Last year, Scout Volunteers supported the thousands of people paying their respects at Her Majesty The Queen’s Lying in State. Scouts helped those with accessibility needs and supported the 250,000 people who queued for as long as 24 hours to see the Queen’s coffin.
Taking part in these events is a huge responsibility but Scouts doing their duty to the nation will always be a priority, no matter the scale.
Volunteering is at the core of Scouts and to commemorate these values, Scouts across the UK took part in The Big Help on Monday, 8th May 2023. This was organised by The Together Coalition and a wide range of partners including The Scouts.
In tribute to His Majesty The King’s public service, The Big Help Out was introduced to encourage people to try volunteering for themselves and join the work being undertaken to support their local areas. The aim of The Big Help Out is to use volunteering to bring communities together and create a lasting volunteering legacy from the Coronation Weekend.
Bear Grylls, UK Chief Scout said: “I am so proud some of our young Scouts will be front and Centre during the coronation – one of the most significant events to happen in our lifetime. The dedication, commitment, and willingness of so many scouts to support the nation is commendable and I am incredibly proud of each and every individual who has put themselves forward to help! It will be so wonderful also to see them celebrating with the wider Scouting family from all across the globe – coming together to enjoy this iconic moment as one. ”