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Menstrie Scout Group

Centenary Year activities

Link to the Scouts' web site |d| This very busy Centenary Year continued with the staging of the Area's Centenary Exhibition in the Mill Trail at Alva in September where the bulk of the exhibition material was provided by the Alva and Menstrie Scout Groups. We had on display pictures of two figures prominent in the very early days of Scouting in Menstrie - Rev. Dr. Boyd the then minister of Menstrie Parish Church who started the Menstrie Scout Group and Major Crum of Gogar House, a personal friend of Lord Baden Powel and one time G.S.L. at Menstrie and whose tartan (Graham of Montrose) we wear as our neckerchiefs.

Next year is our Group centenary year and we will be staging an exhibition of our Scouting activities and our fairly extensive archival items along with other special events to mark this very important year.

Very many thanks to all of you who have supported us in our Webb Ivory Xmas sales and with our Autumn Market.

Help needed

Like so many other Scout Groups across the country we are experiencing a shortage in Leaders for our three sections. The Scout section is reasonably well off with five leaders. However we urgently require additional leaders in the Cub Scout section and in the Beaver Scout section. Life would be made so much easier for the present leaders if we could find two or three new leaders for each of these sections.

Mary and Irene, the two leaders in the Beaver section have intimated their retrial in June 2008. Between them they have given a magnificent 35 years service to the Movement. This would be a good time for two or three volunteers to join them for the remaining seven months of their time in the Group and gain valuable experience working with them before taking over in September. Regrettably, if we are unable to find successors to Mary and Irene then we will have no alternative other than to close the Beaver Scout Section (6-8yrs of age).

Surely there must be out there in Menstrie people with sufficient enthusiasm to commit a few hours a week in community service to maintain the excellent traditions of the Menstrie Scout Group. How sad it would be if in our Centenary Year we were to close down one of our sections.

Should you be willing to offer your services then more information can be obtained from the G.S.L. Telephone no. 761465.

Tom Mack

November 2007

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