The 1st Gotham Scout Group are celebrating a “tremendous achievement” – 60 years of fun, friendship and life-changing adventure in their Diamond Year.
Starting from humble beginnings, the group first began life as 1st Gotham and East Leake Scout Group on February 17, 1958 with just one Scoutmaster, one Cubmaster, 14 Wolf Cubs and 10 Boy Scouts.
Now into their 60th year, 1st Gotham boasts over 70 boys and girls across four sections ranging from 6-18 years of age, and meet in their very own Scout headquarters.
Ben Anderson, 24, of Moor Lane, Gotham, is the Cub Leader of Gotham Scouts (Scouts aged eight to ten) and helps run the group and its activities.
He said: “Entitled, Our Diamond Year, 1st Gotham Scout Group is embarking on a year-long celebration of its longevity. Including a special badge, designed by the young people, a cook book, a group camp to Walesby Forest, the return of our famous Barn Dance and a promise renewal event to end the year.
“This is on top of all their usual section meetings, fundraising activity and the contributions they make in helping the local community.”
The Scout Association was founded on August 1, 1907, and now the number of volunteers working for Scouting is bigger than the combined work forces of the BBC (20,000) and McDonalds (67,000) put together.
Worldwide Scouting has 40 million members both male and female and operates in nearly every country in the world.
Charlie Howick, of Gotham, joined the Gotham Scouts when he was six years old and now leads the Explorer Scout unit (Scouts aged 14-18).
The 23-year-old said the group has had a “profound influence within the local village community”.
He added: “The group has supported the village over the years with many ventures such as running an annual pantomime for nine years bringing some brilliant productions and enjoyment to the Christmas period.
“Also events such as the Bonfire Night celebration and barn dances bring together the community to celebrate what is great about the village we live in.
“The young people over the years have helped shape the Gotham Scout Group through their ambition and enthusiasm for Scouting and the community.
“1st Gotham Scout group has had a great influence on the ‘village spirit’ and in my personal opinion is at the forefront of the Gotham village community and leads the way in which the community engage, not only with young people, but as a whole community.”
Marie Templeton, 55, from East Leake, said: “I think it’s a tremendous achievement and is testament to the hard work that volunteers have put in over the 60 years to keep it going.
“Everyone who has been involved along the way should be very proud and pat themselves on the back.”
For more information about the 1st Gotham Scouts and their activities, visit: http://1stgothamscoutgroup.wixsite.com/1stgotham