MP David Gibson with Mitchell Pitt, Joe Whitley and Ethan Cornelius.
MP David Gibson with Mitchell Pitt, Joe Whitley and Ethan Cornelius. Contributed

Centenary Scout group celebrates

CHILDREN are our future and scouting prepares them for that future, Member for Gympie David Gibson told members, parents, leaders and guests at Centenary Gympie Scout Group’s annual meeting last week.

Mr Gibson said Gympie had a proud history with scouting and it was good to see that relationship continuing with centenary group.

Other guests included Keith Potter representing the Gympie BP Guild, Ivan Friske from the Gympie RSL and Gympie Regional councillor Rae Gate.

Centenary Gympie welcomed several leaders to the group in the past six months: Venturer leaders Greta and Reg Gilroy, Joey Scout leaders Alicia Smith and Andrew Tooley, cub scout leader Rachel Cornelius, and scout leaders Jack Burke and David Gosden.

In the past 12 months, youth members have participated in various activities including Kiwi Woggle and Triple S. The joey scouts and cub scouts have attended district camps with Nashville and Imbil groups as well as other various excursions into the local community.

The wider community has been generous to Centenary Gympie Scout Group.

The Gympie RSL has supported the group in an application for a volunteers grant to assist with training six new leaders and the Gympie Turf Club has been supporting the youth with a fundraiser for those attending the jamborees for more than four years.

Both were thanked for their continued support.

Group leader Kathy Pitt presented each of the leaders with a token of her appreciation for their skills, unique qualities and commitment to the group and their own sections.

“You can see the wonderful work these leaders do each week, hear it in the children’s laughter around the scout den and in all the badges the youth wear on their uniforms,” Mrs Pitt said.

“These leaders give of their time every week for our children and take time out of their personal lives to do training and attend meetings.”

The youth gave a deafening “bravo” of thanks to their leaders.

District Scout Commissioner Carol Harris congratulated the group on a successful year.

“When we think back to January this year, we realise what this group has accomplished in this last six months,” she said.

“Lots of new leaders and youth members, an active group committee, a fundraising program, a financial plan, support from your local community plus keeping the program interesting for the youth members."

The AGM was followed by a roaring fire, made by the troop, with every one was served hot soups by the Scouts.

New parent Karen Chamberlain thought the AGM was “simply wonderful” and said she loved being around the fire with the youth and other parents, enjoying the food.

Centenary Gympie Scout Group is family orientated and welcomes new members and families. For further information contact Group Leader Kathy Pitt on 5483 9004.

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