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St George's Day Celebrations: 21 April 2013

The Basics
Date
: Sunday, 21 April 2013

Start
: 09:30 at Oxford Castle

Finish
: 12:30 at University Parks

Registration deadline
: Midnight on Friday 19 April 2013 - click here for the registration form


Format of the day
This year’s St George’s Day Celebration will include the usual flag break and renewal of promises. However, instead of a parade we will have a monopoly-themed treasure hunt through Oxford city centre. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers can all enter and will compete against other teams from their own Section to collect streets, colleges and theatres. There will be prizes for the winning team in each Section.

While we would encourage everyone to get involved in the whole event, if you wish to attend the opening and/or closing ceremonies only this is fine – please refer to the detailed schedule below. There is no need to register if you are not entering a team.


Teams

So that we know how many to expect on the day, and prepare enough hunt packs, please register your team(s) using the online form no later than midnight on Friday 19 April. If unregistered teams show up on the day we cannot guarantee them a hunt pack. Click here for the registration form.

You can enter teams of between three and six young people. There is no upper limit on the number of adults accompanying a team. Teams with Beavers and Cub must be accompanied by at least one CRB checked adult. Scout and Explorer teams need not be accompanied – this is at the discretion of the Section Leader.

The teams will all be completing the same basic hunt but will have different questions to answer and will only be marked against other teams from their own Section. Because of the different levels of questions, mixed Section teams are not permitted. Please note that you remain responsible for your own young people throughout the event and should ensure you have obtained the usual permission forms etc. We will not have a central first aid point so Section Leaders should make their own arrangements in this regard.


Clothing and equipment
Uniform: Young people should wear full uniform. However, given the nature of the activity, trainers are acceptable.

Hunt equipment: You will be provided with an event pack but will need to supply you own pen or pencil and may find it easier if you have a clipboard. If it’s raining and you bring a pen, make sure it can write on wet paper!

Wet weather: Please dress appropriately for the weather: the whole event is taking place outdoors and will go ahead even if it’s cold and rainy.


Detailed schedule
09:30  Arrive at Oxford Castle – register and collect monopoly hunt pack
09:50  Form up into Groups in front of the Castle
10:00  Opening ceremony with flag break – St George’s flag over the Castle Tower
10:15  Monopoly hunt begins
11:45  Finish at Pavilion in University Parks
11:50  Form up into Groups in front of the Pavilion
12:00  Closing ceremony and renewal of Promises, led by Explorers
12:20  Prizes for winning teams from each Section
12:30  Pick up from University Parks


Why has the format been changed this year?
There are several reasons for the change:
  • A number of young people have requested a more fun activity
  • A large portion of the District programme budget is currently spent on the event and this isn’t seen as good value for money
  • Whilst publicity is gained from parading, it is not on brand and doesn’t show the fun, challenge and adventure of Scouting that we aim to show externally, especially to would be volunteers
  • The time and effort required to organise a parade is disproportional to the overall outcome (we have to notify – in writing – every shop that we pass on the parade)
If you have any questions or concerns please contact Anthony Morris, DDC Programme, at admorris40@btinternet.com or Becca Thomas, District Cub Scout Leader, at becca.ebdon@gmail.com.