FIFTY years of Scouting has seen an Aldwick resident given a unique memento.
Carol Sayers was presented with the print of the movement’s Gilwell House HQ signed by the great grand-daughter of founder, Lord Baden-Powell.
Carol’s gift from her fellow members of the Bognor District Scouts was surprise. “It’s a superb present,” she said.
Her long links with scouting have arisen in spite of her time as a guide when she was a girl.
Her brother was a Queen’s scout and she went with him to the 1957 jamboree at Sutton Coldfield.
She enjoyed the experience and, moving from Croydon to Southwater in West Sussex after her marriage a few years later, she found it lacked scout groups.
“I started the first Southwater Cub pack and my involvement has grown from there,” said Carol.
She moved to Aldwick about 1967 and started to help at what is now the Aldwick and Pagham Scout group.
Her roles included assistant arkala and group scout leader. She has stayed involved past the retirement age of 65 with the unofficial title of ‘Granny Beaver’.
She said: “I still find scouting exhilarating. Baden-Powell wanted scouts to be useful members of society. We still try to achieve that aim.”
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