8/1 Well, this morning I woke up to a phone call from Randy telling Alec and I we were supposed to be in the restaurant 10 minutes earlier so we missed breakfast. The first thing we did this morning at 8AM was walking nearby to Priory Road in Coventry for the city’s 100th anniversary of Scouting Celebration ceremony see article here and photos here.
There were about 150 people there including English cubs, scouts, venturers and their leaders. We got out our troop flag and American flag and joined in on the ceremony, which including the recitation of the Scout Oath. The BBC Coventry radio station was also there doing a live broadcast and they interviewed the English scouts and then they came over and interviewed Chuck Stankye IV and our Scoutmaster Randy, who represented Troop 3.
Following that ceremony we boarded the bus to head to our second 100th anniversary ceremony, this one was in Peterborough, England with the scout group we have had an ongoing Exchange Scout Program with See news article here and article with video here. Mr. Martin Hall, a scouting commissioner in Peterborough was in charge of the celebration program, which was held in the Peterborough Council Chamber. They had an earlier ceremony outside with more than 500 people present, but that was too early for us to attend. For this ceremony Mr. Hall recited the English Scout Oath and Troop 3 Senior Patrol Leader Adam Cleri recited the American Scout Oath. We then presented Mr. Hall and the Lord Mayor with Woodbury Pewter eagle bells as friendship gifts on behalf of the troop. We also met Mr. Doug Fare, a long-time Scouting friend of Ed Strang. The Lord Mayor then served us orange juice and cookies and we thanked her for being a great host.
After the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Hall took us on a tour of Peterborough Cathedral. The cathedral was very large and beautiful. After touring the cathedral we broke into groups and had lunch in the center of Peterborough.
We thanked Mr. Hall for hosting us and then boarded the bus for our drive to the walled city of York.
York was interesting, especially Yorkminster Cathedral, which was unbelievably larger than Peterborough Cathedral. We saw the largest medieval stained glass window in the world there. We also did a Mr. Bill led power hike on a portion of the wall surrounding York We went to the Shambles section of York as well, which is where the old, old buildings lean in towards each other, making the street very narrow. They had a lot of shops there and I wish we had more time to spend in York to see everything. We had to board the bus and head to Scotch-Corner, which is in Northern England, for the night and we had a nice roast beef dinner there and then some of our group went swimming.
By Mikey Herde
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