Scouts honour 90 years of service

The 1st Lismore Scout Group celebrates Founders Day (the Baden Powell Guilds birthday) with their scout leaders (rear) and members of the Baden Powell Guild (centre), who are all past leaders in the scouting or guide movement. Inset: Sarah Griffin from McLeans Ridges with her prestigious Grey Wolf Award. The Grey Wolf is the highest achievement for a cub scout, and is awarded to someone who shows great initiative and responsibility.

From forming a guard of honour for the Queens visit to Lismore in 1954 to marching in Anzac Day parades and doing valuable Landcare work, the 1st Lismore Scout Group has a long history of community involvement stemming back 90 years.

The journal of one late senior scout revealed the 1st Lismore Scout Group was even involved in celebrating the coronation of King George V in 1911, where they proudly displayed a banner saying Scouts carry on the ideals of knighthood. The group was officially registered in 1917.

While times have changed the values of scouting havent all scouts make a promise to help other people and strive to live their lives with loyalty and integrity, said scout leader, Donna Griffiths. The scouting philosophy encourages youth to be resilient and resourceful, enabling them to meet the everyday challenges we face in life.

The 1st Lismore Scout Group turns 90 this year and celebrations will begin on Saturday, March 17, with a reunion dinner at the Lismore Heights Bowling Club.

Past and present leaders and members, and all those parent helpers who attended the many fundraising events, are encouraged to come along and acknowledge the achievements of Lismores Scout Group.

On Sunday, March 18, the celebrations continue with an Open Day, commencing with a commemorative parade at 9.30am sharp at the Lismore Scout Hall in Magellan Street. The hall will be open to the public, with memorabilia arranged by the Baden Powell Guild, who are all past leaders in the scouting or guide movement.

From 10.30am-3.30pm scouting activities will be held on Crozier Oval to entertain the public and give people a taste of what scouting is all about.

Those interested in attending the dinner should contact Denise Whitney on 6689 1180 or for more information on the Open Day contact Paul on 6622 7728.

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