THOSE who attended the annual general meeting of Carnoustie Scout Group in the Scout Hall on Friday heard that the group is one of the top in Scotland and is eagerly looking forward to the coming year.
Presentations were made by the Cubs and Scouts who demonstrated their various activities over the year and entertainment was provided by the Beavers.
The Scout Hall was packed with parents, supporters, leaders and invited guests. At the end of the evening the new Angus South MSP Graeme Dey presented six Bronze Chief Scout Challenge Awards to Beavers. These are the highest awards to be achieved by the Beavers and are achieved by completing 24 different challenges. Recipients were Cameron Sykes, Christopher Stirling, Greg Oliphant, Calum Johnston, Thomas Ogston and Mark Scanlan.
In a report presented by Group Scout Leader Kenny Lee he stated that Scouting in Carnoustie has remained high profile over the past year and rarely a week will go by when one of the sections does not appear in the Guide & Gazette with an update report on their latest achievements.
He continued: “We have had a slight increase in membership over the past year. Numbers in the Beavers and Cubs sections have increased slightly and the previous growth in the Scout Troup has remained sustained throughout the year.
“In excess of 100 youngsters continue to enjoy scouting in Carnoustie each week with the Scout Group currently comprising a Beaver Colony on a Monday evening, two Cub Packs on a Tuesday and Thursday evenings and the Scout Troop on a Friday.
“Carnoustie Scout Group is one of the top Scout Groups in Scotland offering an exciting and varied programme to the members week after week.
“Thanks go to all the dedicated and committed leaders for continuing to provide a varied and interesting programme.
“We currently have the following warranted leaders - two Beaver Scout leaders and three assistants; two Cub Scout leaders and four assistants; and one Scout leader with one assistant.
“We continue to have great support from parents willing to help out on occasion. As always we are continually on the lookout for anyone able and willing to help out in whatever way.”
Mr Lee went on: “My thanks go to Ian Noble, group chairman, Amanda Brown and Morag Laing, secretaries, and Maureen Yool, treasurer, along with the entire Parent’s Executive Committee for all their time and hard work over the past year.
“Thanks also go to Linda Oliphant for efficiently organising the Christmas Post. Our donations for the post increased this year for the first time in a while and there are plans in progress to expand the network.
“Thanks to Claire Yeaman who has focused on ensuring that fund-raising progresses throughout the year for the on-going upkeep to the hall and the planned re-flooring project.”
He explained: “All of the sections have taken part in events both at District level in South Angus, National events across Scotland and also International level.
“This year we have Explorers going to the World Jamboree in Sweden and as part of the Malawi expedition to Africa. Carnoustie is a highly regarded Scout Group in the world of Scouting and will continue to flourish in the future.
“In May, the group was well represented at the VE Day Drumhead Service in Carnoustie. In June we ran a fund-raising exercise for the world cup predictor and we had almost 1,000 entries with the winner being Frances White from Fife.
“In the summer we held our stall at Carnoustie Gala Day and thanks to the members of the parent’s committee who helped at this event.
“In January we held a Group Burns Supper to raise funds for Malawi. February saw the annual Founder’s Day Parade where the members of the Group easily filled their half of Barry Church.
“In April we took part in the Carnoustie Spring Fair and all members took part in ‘Bob a Job’.”
Mr Lee concluded: “Scouting in Carnoustie continues to be strong and we have a great base to continue for the coming year.”