Former scouts urged to step forward in centenary year

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Former scouts are being urged to get in touch with a group celebrating its centenary year.

The earliest record of Hessle Scout Group suggests it started in 1912 - five years after the worldwide Scouting movement began.

In recent years scouting has enjoyed a surge in popularity, thanks in part to the appointment two years ago of adventurer Bear Grylls as Chief Scout.

Group chair Jane Mather said: “We’re keen to hear from any former members, especially if they can contribute with pictures or anecdotes.

“We have sourced hundreds of old photographs, many in black and white, and would love to be able to put names to them.”

With a team of experienced, uniformed leaders and adult support, the group, which has around 100 male and female members, aged 8 to 18, made up from two Cub packs, Scout Troop and Explorers, have a full programme of events planned for the year ahead, including a celebratory Ceilidh, a Group camp, garden party reunion, special church service, sponsored walk and an exhibition at Hessle Library.

To mark the centenary, the group also held a competition to design a commemorative uniform badge, which was won by 12-year-old Scout Hannah Moat.

A modern and ambitious twist on the traditional “Gang Show” is also being planned, where the sketches will be filmed by members during their land, water and rock face adventurous activities throughout the year, then compiled onto a DVD, which will go on sale after its premiers in December.

To get in touch email centenary @ Hessle Scout Group.