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Sunrise Day

On 1st August 2007, Scouts of every age from around UK will join with 28 million Scouts from around the world to celebrate the dawn of a new Century of Scouting.

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On a typical Greenock early morning, over 200 members, parents and friends met at the Battery Park. Gathering around a flag pole that had been erected, there was a short ceremony at 08.00 am. District Commissioner, David McCallum led the Scouts in their renewal of the Scout Promise. Assistant Scottish Commisioner, John Hawthorn and the Lord Lieutenant, Mr Guy Clark, made short speeches. The Kudo Horn was blown and then to the sound of a buglecall, the Union and Scout Flags were raised.

Everyone then formed into a large 100 which was photographed from the top of the Lyle Hill. A Visitor Book was available for signing to record those present.

To finish off, a cup of tea/juice and a hot roll was available. Thereafter, the young people from each section had the opportunity to undertake an Activity Badge. The morning will finished around 10.30.

The 10th Renfrewshire & Inverclyde Group Amateur Radio Club (Call Sign MMOTSG) took the opportunity to try and contact the Jamboree site. They were able to contact a Scout station in Poole who had a live television link to the Sunrise Activities on Brownsea Island. Later in the day, radio amateurs Bob Lynch & Kai McClintock were able to talk to the Jamboree site – GB100J.

Click on to the Kudo Horn and view a selection of photographs.

Scouting was founded on 1st August 1907. This day, one hundred years on, provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate and demonstrate the relevance of 21st Century Scouting for 21st Century young people.UK Scouts in Groups, Units, Districts, Counties/ Area will join in this celebration on the same day as 28 million Scouts from around the world, and we will have the biggest gathering that has ever happened in the World of young people.
In addition to the local celebrations, we will have two landmark international activities here in the UK;

  • At Hylands Park, Chelmsford, 40,000 Scouts attending the WSJ will collectively renew their Promise together in the main arena.
  • At Brownsea Island, two representatives from every single NSO in the world where Scouting exists, will gather on the island where Scouting began and renew their promise, standing on the spot where those young people stood 100 years ago to the day.

The underlying theme for the UK Scouting’s Sunrise ceremonies will be ‘Reflect, Renew, Respond’.

The Aims & Objectives are:-

To demonstrate the solidarity of Scouting as the largest Peace Movement in the world, and to make a clear statement to the World along with the adult members about the young people’s commitment to the values of Scouting.

The activity should also contribute in conjunction with other 2007 Events and Activities that are planned throughout the year to be instrumental in our local and national agenda for ‘Growth Recognition and Celebration’.

2007 is a significant milestone in the overall Scout Association vision towards 2012, which is a:

  • Growing Movement – more adults to provide better Scouting for more young people
  • Youth Movement – increased role for young people
  • Focused Movement – on adventure
  • Sound Movement – closer partnerships locally and nationally
  • Relevant Movement – a Showcase for Scouting
  • Diverse Movement – increasing participation from our diverse communities

The activity is aimed to attract as many Scouts from the UK and around the World to join in the celebration and to increase the public awareness of modern day Scouting.