120 Scouts aged 18-25 gave their time to support the thousands of people who paid their respects to our late Patron, HM Queen Elizabeth II in London. Included in this roll call was Jacob Wood, Assistant Scout Leader at Bonnyrigg Scouts, part of the Midlothian Scout District, which is one of 7 Districts in the South East Scotland Scouts Region. Jacob is also a student at Heriot-Watt University and works as a Lifeguard and Swim Teacher for Midlothian Council.
Jacob was on the night shift. He helped people in the final stretch of the queue, taking in items and supporting those wishing to pay their respects. He also dealt with in part the accessible queue into Westminster Hall. After his final shift, he joined fellow Scouts to watch the funeral at Gilwell before starting his return journey home on Monday 19th September evening.
South East Scotland Scouts would like to say a personal thanks to Jacob for helping to facilitate the queue for The Queen’s Lying in State. He was engaging and respectful to all. We are proud of you, and all the other Scouts, for doing your final duty to our late Patron, Queen Elizabeth II.
As Scouts, we have a long history of supporting the nation and serving our communities, so we’re honoured to play our part in such a significant moment for the Nation. Here’s a photo of the initial briefing in Gilwell as the first planning began.