As we all know, Scouting began over 100 years ago when:-
On 1st August 1907, Scouting’s Founder Robert Baden-Powell sounded his kudu horn on Brownsea Island at 08.00 to open the very first experimental Scout camp for 20 boys.
In Greenock, the Minute Book of Greenock District Committee records that, on 8th April 1909, a meeting was called by Sir Hugh Shaw Stewart Bart who spoke at some length detailing the necessity for organisation, owing to the damage that had been done, the trouble and annoyance caused to farmers and others, by bands of boys under no proper control. He believed the movement to be healthy and instructive and if properly organised would be of great benifit to boys. He would give it every support and as far as he was personally concerned practically the whole of his estate would be available for organised Boy Scouts. Thus was the beginning of Greenock District Scouts with Sir Hugh as District Commissioner. Throughout the years the Shaw Stewart family has been a good friend to Greenock Scouting.
By July 1909, a total of 8 Troops had been registered. A total of 40 Patrols with 33 Scoutmasters and Assistants and 298 Boy Scouts.
Today Scouting is a million times bigger, with 28 million members in 216 countries and territories and throughout the world.
Scouting has a vital and ever growing part to play in the life of the individuals of the Community and of the Nation. We who are entrusted with this task should take fresh heart and encouragement from the record of the past one hundred years of Scouting and strive in the years that lie ahead to bring the best possible Scouting to the greatest possible number of young people in our District.
The 2007 World Scout Task Force planned a series of events to promote the values, benefits and achievements of Scouting to the world. These events and activities for the Centenary of Scouting have followed the single theme – 2007 : One World – One Promise.
On the 1st August 2007, all Scouts throughout the world participated in Scouting’s Sunrise, an activity starting at 08.00 in each country in the World Organisation of the Scout Movement to mark the dawn of the new century of Scouting. At Brownsea Island, the campsite woke to the sound of the same kudo horn that Baden-Powell used to waken his original camp.
Our local Scouts enjoyed the Centenary Year by participating in many events locally, thoughout Scotland and at the World Scout Jamboree at Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex.
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