Masters were invited to attend a presentation in the Crypt at the Guildhall.
The opening address was given by Sir David Wootton and members of the Scouting Association on the positive impact of Scouting on the lives of young people today.
Mrs Patel gave an inspirational address how she had set up a scout troop in Bolton against severe pressure from her Islamic Community. She persevered and now has a waiting list of over 300 children.
She explained that scouting gives young people confidence, teaches them skills and enables them to develop cross cultural friendships.
Her community are now fully behind the movement even with many muslim children attending church parades.