In 1919, the movement which was started by Robert Baden-Powell commenced its work in Essex. On Sunday 6th October, Scouts from across the County gathered at a Gala meal in Chelmsford to mark the centenary.
Sir David was joined by Mark Francois, MP for Rayleigh and Wickford, local dignitaries and leaders of the Scouting movement.
The entire movement, which provides educational and exploration opportunities to young people between the ages of 6 and 25, benefits 16,000 people locally.
Following the event, Sir David said “It has been a privilege to join Essex Scouts today as they celebrate this momentous milestone. The Scouting movement, which has contributed so much to thousands of young people in our County and across the UK, would not be what it is without the outstanding volunteer leaders. I would like to pay tribute to everyone who devotes their time to this movement and pledge my support for the future of the Scout movement in Essex.”