YOUNGSTERS have been celebrating their own jubilee – 60 years of Matlock Scouts.
The 15th Matlock Scout Group, which is based at Matlock Green, was formed in April 1952 by Reg Ross, known as Skip, who was the first Group Scout Leader.
Since then many hundreds of young people have been helped in learning new skills and gaining new experiences.
One of the first members of the Matlock group, was Graham Whitworth, of Matlock, who has stayed with the organisation all his life.
David Reuss, assistant Scout leader, said: “Graham, or ‘Doc’ as he was known, was a member right from the outset.
“He has been leader and is still a helper today.
“The benefactors of scouting, now adults, would surely agree that they had benefited in later life because of their time in scouting – either by having learned how to tie knots or through having attained high awards in scouting.
“Other areas where they would all have gained benefits though would be learning from an early age in how to work in a team, establishing new friendships and by having fun.”
The Scouts, Cubs and Beavers sections of the group celebrated the special occasion in true scouting style by completing 60 games or tasks in sixty minutes.
To cap the festivities off, they ate cakes, which had been specially made for the occasion.
Glyn Beeson, known as ‘Spike’, who is group Scout leader, said: “We are healthy in our numbers, are fortunate in having excellent leaders, and by having a wonderful headquarters building, which in addition to being used by the Matlock Green Scout and Guide groups, and is managed by a loyal and effective committee thanks to Sid Harbey our group chairman, is also used by many other local organisations and community groups, and so is a valuable asset to Matlock – as are our young people who mature in our guidance.
“Helping these kids to grow up is great, but when they show there appreciation and say thank you before moving on in their lives, it’s really satisfying and underlines the importance of this service to the young people and to our community.
“I would therefore like to say thank you to all those helpers and leaders who give up their spare time, year after year, and in delivering consistently interesting programmes.”
The group gave their thanks to Spike as he has been actively involved in running the group around 30 years.
The Beavers section of the group will be celebrating again later this September, as they reach their own 25th anniversary.
The Beavers, who are aged between six and eight years old managed to raise an impressive £345 for Sports Relief in March.
The Cubs section of the group are aged up to ten and a half, and the Scouts section are aged up to 14.
In addition to playing an active part in the ‘Derwent and Dove’ district events, the Scouts deliver a spring and summer camp each year, compete within an annual district cooking competition and in county run competitions as well.
The Scouts and Cubs have had continued success at the Scout Peddle-car Races held in Newbold.
The youngsters have raced at county level and even national level .
The Scouting Association was set up in 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell, Lieutenant General in the British Army, held the first scouting encampment on Brownsea Island.
The following year he wrote the principles of scouting in ‘Scouting for Boys’, which was based on his earlier military books.
Since then the association has grown and become a global youth group, with around 400,000 members aged between six and 25 years old in the UK alone and 28 million across 216 countries worldwide.
Anyone interested in becoming a Scout helper, or requiring further information, can visit the Matlock Scouts headquarters, off Butt Drive, Matlock Green, on either a Thursday or Friday from 6.30pm.