HISTORY was made when a new Scout group was formed.
The 1st Bognor Regis Scouts began at a short ceremony last week – 107 years after the original version was created.
1st Bognor (St John) Scouts started in 1908 as one of the first groups in the country. But it merged with the 10th Scout group in 1972 because of a lack of numbers. A resurgence in Scouting around the town has seen a need for it again.
The members of the new group proudly put on their scarves at the new group’s base of the Scout building on Brent Road for the first time.
Their yellow and red neckwear recall the yellow scarves of the original group, which survived as a tab on the 11th’s scarves.
Ally McCaffrey, Bognor Scouts’ district commissioner, said: “This is a very exciting evening. This is a first for me and the first for quite a long time in Bognor. It’s fantastic that Bognor district is growing.”
It is unknown when a new group was last started in the town but it was way back into the 20th century.
The 1st Bognor takes the total across Bognor to seven groups. It comprises 26 Beavers, 15 Cubs and 15 Scouts.
One of the Scouts, Harry Weymouth, ten, has been a Scouting member for two years.
“It’s quite nice to be with your friends and talk to them in a learning atmosphere,” he said.
“I like the campfires and cooking and I’ve got the second grade first aid and swimming badges and one for three nights away.”
Six months of planning went into the new group.
Mrs McCaffrey said: “This group is opening up more opportunities for everybody to enjoy Scouting. Scouting is growing in the town and there are new sections starting with other groups as well.”
Tim Hogarth, the new group Scout leader, said: “We are going to do lots of camping and getting outside doing Scouting activities.”
The 30-minute initial meeting was watched by some 50 parents and Scouting members.
They included county deputy commissioner Tim Taylor.
It featured the unfurling of the Union flag by Amber McCrea and Megan Priest.
Hannah Hogarth, Boris Kowalczyk, Sam Stevens and Harley Annetts were invested along with a leader.
Silver Scouting awards were presented to Ethan Crowley and James Hogarth. Bronze awards were given to Josh Redman and Sebastian Hobbs.
Four badges were also given to Scouts for recruiting new members.