The 1st Greenisland Scout Troop was founded in November 1934 by W. Rodgers Johnston, himself a keen Scout. At the time in W. Johnston own words, there were “absolutely no activities in the district, the Presbyterian Church was only just in being, the roads were dark with no street lighting”. Three boys attended the first meeting in Ebenezer Church Hall, five the second meeting, and all where invested into the Scout Movement in December 1934.
At New Year January 1935 the troop was open to all comers and all religions and the place of meeting was transferred to the Unionist Hall, where they continued to meet until after the war. Numbers grew rapidly and the Troops colours were dedicated at a service in Knockagh Hall in April 1935. At this stage was 21 strong, and from 1935 onwards went to camp each year.
Troop meetings took place in Mr and Mrs Sam Irwin’s barn on the Top Road, Greenisland from 1949-1963.
The current Scout Hall on the Station Road, Greenisland was opened on the 19 January by the Chief Commissioner His
Honour Judge Johnson QC. Recently, the hall has had a major refurbishment, including new roof, new windows and disabled access. In very large part this was done. through the hard word and dictation of the Parents Committee, notably Tony Douglas, Gory Edgeworth, Mark Brolly and Phi lip Donan. They secured grants from Carrickfergus Council, N.I. Housing
Executive and The North Eastern Education and Library Board Youth Service, to whom we express our grateful thanks.
At present F’ Greenisland Scout Group consists of four sectlons - Scouts meet on Wednesday nights from 8pm- 9.30pm, Cubs meet Wednesdays nights from 6.30pm-8pm, Beavers meet Tuesday nights 6.45pm-7.45pm and the recently formed Squirrel Section meet Monday nights 6.30pm-7 .30pm. All sections are supported by an able team of leaders who themselves over recent years received awards for their work in Scouting.
Like in the past Ist Greenisland Scout Group hope to grow from strength to strength for many more years to come.
Group Scout Leader
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