The official public opening of the 20th Deal (Aylesham) Cornwallis Scout Group took place on Thursday 7th December 2017 from 7pm – 8.30pm at Bechange Community Hub in Aylesham during the normal weekly cub pack meeting.
Alan Noake, District Commissioner for Deal, Walmer, Sandwich & District Scouts gave a brief presentation about the new group and Scouting in general.
The scouts are the biggest mixed youth organisation. From the age of 6 to 25-year-olds, it’s a mixture of fun, adventure and challenging activities. Every year they help over 450,000 young people in the UK enjoy new adventures
As a Scout you can learn survival skills, first aid, computer programming, or even how to fly a plane. There’s something for every young person. It’s a great way to have fun, make friends, get outdoors, express your creativity and experience the wider world, and with Bear Grylls as Chief Scout and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, Major Tim Peake as The Scout Association’s newest Scout Ambassador. You can be sure it will be exciting.
In the main hall the new cub pack then gave a demonstration of one of their favourite activities - the ship to shore game - after which they performed a traditional “Grand Howl” ceremony. Then all the new cubs made their Scout promise and were formally invested into the group.
The new leaders and cubs were all presented with their newly designed group neckerchiefs - orange (for the pit workers overalls) with a black stripe (seam of coal) and a green stripe (representing the countryside and the future).
Cllr Sue Chandler the Chairman of Dover District Council and Dave Pearson representing the Dover, Deal and Sandwich Group of East Kent Freemasons unveiled the group’s commemorative brass plaque and thanked all of the adults who had worked hard behind the scenes to launch the new group for Aylesham.
The new group is to be called the “20th Deal (Aylesham) Cornwallis Scout Group”. The ‘Cornwallis’ has been added to the name to formally recognise the kind sponsorship of the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity as part of the 300 year celebrations.
Write up by Phil Heath.
Photos by John Hunt. (County Photographer, Kent Scouts)