Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, chose St. George to be the Patron Saint of Scouting. St. George embodied the qualities to which he wanted Scouts to aspire: faith, bravery and determination. St. George’s Day is celebrated on 23 April each year and is an important day in the Scouting calendar where Scouts renew their Promise and volunteers can be recognised with good service awards.
This year Paul Savill, who recently stepped down from the role of County Commissioner, was awarded the movement’s Silver Acorn. The Silver Acorn is awarded after at least 20 years’ service, which should be specially distinguished and appreciably better than outstanding.
Regional Commissioner for The Scout Association, Ian Newbery, said: “Paul stepped down as County Commissioner for the Isle of Wight in August 2019. During his time as County Commissioner membership of Scouting on the Island grew with more young people gaining skills for life. I am personally very pleased that Paul’s significant contribution to Scouting over more than 25 years in numerous roles, not just his time as County Commissioner, has been recognised.”
Paul Savill is a former musician with the RAF, former Inspector with Hampshire Constabulary and now Chief officer at Citizens Advice Isle of Wight.
Paul says: “I have been involved in Scouting since I was very young and it has played an important part in my life, teaching me skills and giving me confidence. My children and grandchildren are now involved in Scouting too. I am a leader with the Scout Group in Gurnard and I am currently running Beaver Scout meetings online for members in lockdown. It was a privilege, and amazing experience, to be County Commissioner and I want to thank everyone who supported me in that role. Scouting plays an important part in Island life with over 1,000 young people taking part in weekly activities and learning skills for life.”
Scouting is continuing during the current restrictions with meetings held by Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp and other video conferencing apps, the issuing of challenges like the Promise renewal, Hike to the Moon in support of the ‘Big Night In’ Appeal and the national Scouting at Home initiative.