We are proud that four Explorer Scouts from Avon County were invited to take part in the King’s Coronation on 6 May 2023, supporting the crowds around Westminster Abbey. Also a few members from around Avon Scouts were invited to the King’s Coronation Garden Party on 9 May at Buckingham Palace.
Em Masters, from Kingswood District (Queen’s Scout Award Holder) and Gabriel Wong, from Cabot District (working towards the King’s Scout Award), represented the Scouts supporting the coronation.
Gabriel worked at Victoria Tower Gardens, where ticketed guests for the actual coronation ceremony went through security etc. It was really fun and he met loads of dignitaries and famous people, but more importantly was able to serve back to the community. Involved lots of pointing, wheelchair pushing and holding the urge to ask for selfies – but this made it at the end!
Em said “our coach left Gilwell Park at 4am on Saturday 6th May to travel into London. My group was based in Green Park, and my first duty was to welcome people into the park and pass out flags for them to wave. It was a long, tiring, and rather wet day, but spirits were high! I really enjoyed being able to participate and fulfil my duties as a Scout. My favourite part was being recognised as a Scout by those entering Green Park. The most challenging part was coming to Gilwell Park and not knowing one other person. However, we are all connected by a bond through Scouting, and it wasn’t difficult to make friends. I would do it all over again- what an amazing experience!” Read Em’s Vlog.