Where does one start to chronicle 70 years of activity? This short article about the Group calls upon a brief history produced by Cedric Arthurs who is recorded as starting in the Cubs moving through the Troop to Rovers (the Crew was formed in 1963) and finally as a leader in from 1964 to 67. It was through his leadership that the Group had Sea Scout patrols until 1978.
The Group was first registered in 1937, just Scouts, with Scout Master, Clifton Ackroyd. No Cubs, they do not appear on the records until 1942 and the Beavers in the early 70’s.
Through out the early years the Rover Crew receives many mentions for its work with the Group and help with District activities. 1967 with the reorganisation of Scouting sees the first mention Venture Scout and the requirement that Rover Crews disband. The Crew secretary reports that the Crew has decided not to disband but continue to support the District as a Service Team.
These early years show the enthusiasm of the members.
The strength of the Group has been built on committed leadership and a very active Parents Committee/ Group Executive.
Many leaders have been with the Group and the majority of them were with the Group for long periods of time.
Of those who were leaders in the Group, there are those that made further contributions to Scouting in the District, County and Northern Ireland and further a field. There are a few names we would all recognise:
Harry Scott (Scout Master), Jim Parker (Scout Master), Harry McClintock (Scout Master/ Leader), Inez Moore (Cub Leader), Max Walton (Group Scout Leader), Ian Finlay (Scout, Venture & Group Scout Leader), Joanna Finlay (Cub Scout Leader).
What else do the records show?
Regular camps in Ireland, England,
Scotland and on the Continent.
Attendance at World Jamborees.
Cubs and Scouts winning District, County
and Northern Ireland competitions.
King/ Queen Scout Awards.
First Class Awards.
Chief Scouts Awards.
Chief Scout Challenge Awards.
Participation in activities in the
District, County and Northern Ireland.
Award of Proficiency Badges.
This shows that all sections of the Group have had leaders that have provided challenging programmes that have trained their members in a wide range of “scouting” skills.
In addition to the history produced by Cedric, a scrap book put together by Harry McClintock has produced many interesting facts:
A cutting from the East Antrim Times: “Sixteen year old Patrol; Leader, Brian Marsh (1st Jordanstown) is one of two Northern Ireland Scouts attending the wedding of Princess Alexander. Brian will stay at Baden Powell House until the weekend and then attend the St. George's Day Parade for Queen Scouts at Windsor Castle.
It is very interesting to look back.
But as we celebrate the Centenary of Scouting it is good to see that all sections of the Group have leaders who are willing and able to plan programmes that will see the young people participating in this Centenary Year and in Scouting into the future.