Gang show for Scouts

THE gang literally came to town on Saturday with the arrival of several cast and crew members of this year's Gang Show, who put on a unique performance in recognition of Gympie's 100th consecutive year of Scouting.

A very special milestone for a very special organisation that began in the very early 1900s, and spreading around the world, it is still going from strength to strength today.

Scouting really took off in this city with the Gympie Scout Patrol starting in the Church of England hall in January 1908 followed by the community-based 1st Gympie Scouts in February of that year. However, they were not officially registered until October 6, 1909, when they earned the distinction of being the first country Scout group in Queensland.

With over 200 people converging on the Gympie Civic Centre, it was a huge success for members of the Moonga (Gympie) Baden-Powell Guild who organised and hosted the event.

Scouts and supporters travelled from near and far to help celebrate this most auspicious occasion with members of the Gympie community.

State commissioner for Queensland, Maurice Law AM, spoke of the many traditions of Scouting and made this day extra special for Sara Hobbs of Nashville Scouts when he presented her with her Wood Beads on stage - a high distinction.

The Wood Beads are recognition of much hard work and dedication on behalf of a leader and shows that Scouting traditions are still alive and strong in our golden city.

Councillor Ron Dyne, Mayor of Gympie, also addressed the assembly and made special mention and recognition of the wonderful display of young talent we had just witnessed on stage.

The Limited Edition 100 Year badges were well received, and with the auction of numbers one and 100, the BP Guild raised $400.

A few of these badges are still available and can be purchased from the auctioneer, Rex Rippon, phone 54824965 for $30 each. With only 100 produced they are sure to add value to any collection of Scouting memorabilia.

The Baden-Powell Guild is made up of ex-Scouts, Guides, leaders and supporters.

Meetings are held monthly at various venues within and around Gympie. Further information on the Guild can be obtained from the president, Keith Potter, on 54831419 or the secretary, Don Butler, on 54825151.

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