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Basingstoke West Scouts St George Experience

If the question is…..’What involved 874 people, abseiling, ketchup, tents, glow-sticks, singing, cooking, karate, grasshoppers, a climbing wall and some massive balloons?’…….. the answer has to be……….

The St George Experience!

Basingstoke West District Scouts took over The Anvil Concert Hall in Basingstoke on Saturday 25th April to bring a whole Scouting District together for an interactive event, raising money for the Basingstoke Mayor’s Charity Appeal.

In a two hour, jam packed show the Scout members and parents in the District were entertained with a District Choir, solo Scouting performers from around the area as well as hands-on sectional activites for the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers and Leaders in attendance.   In addition the audience renewed their Scouting promises, celebrated St George’s Day and most importantly had some fun.

The Producer of the event, Ian Aherne said “We are absolutely delighted with the St George Experience and the noise and energy in the theatre was amazing!  We have also raised over £5,500 for the Mayor’s Charity Appeal, which is a fantastic achievement!  This event has also helped us raise the awareness of the need for additional Adult volunteers in Scouting, which is key to allow so many children to participate”

Lady Louisa Portal, President of Basingstoke West District Scouts commented “I loved the buzz of anticipation as the youngsters gathered outside the Anvil waiting for their turn to come in.  There was such a happy atmosphere, the show itself was so creative, inclusive and everyone was engaged at all times.” 

The event was compared by celebrity host Michelle Jordan, from heart Breakfast show and was accompanied on the day by a climbing wall in The Malls in Basingstoke Town centre, where the public could try their hand and has certainly helped to put Basingstoke Scouting on the map!

Fundraising for the event has been taking place for several months with individual Scout Groups raising funds as well as sponsorship from local businesses and Sandown Mercedes of Basingstoke.

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