Civic gift marks 100 years of Scouting in Ballymoney
Ballymoney Scout Group has received a special presentation from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council to mark 100 years of Scouting in the town.
Mayor of the Borough Councillor Richard Holmes met with Scout members and volunteers whilst they were holding their Group camp at Dalriada School’s playing fields.
The centenary presentation is part of Council’s NI 100 programme, which will recognise all those individuals, groups and organisations who celebrate their 100th birthday during 2021, Northern Ireland’s centenary year.
Ballymoney’s Scouting story began with the formation of the Ballymoney Church Scout Troop in 1921, and the movement’s current name was adopted in 1957 following the amalgamation of the 1st and 2nd Ballymoney Groups.
Cllr Holmes said: “Despite all the changes we have witnessed over the past 100 years it is fantastic to see that Ballymoney Scout Group remains a popular choice among our young people, affording them unique opportunities to develop their abilities, skills and friendships together.
“The group’s success is dependent on its volunteers who willingly share their knowledge and time and I want to offer them a special word of thanks for the role they play in supporting their members and encouraging them to be the best they can.
“Well done to everyone involved, congratulations on the past 100 years and I hope you continue to go from strength to strength in the future.”
Thanking Council for the recognition and support, Jonny Hoy, Group Scout Leader, said: “Even throughout the difficult period we’ve all come through, the group has continued to grow, welcoming new members to all sections and delivering a varied programme of activities both virtually and in socially distanced contexts.
“The uniforms and faces may have changed over the past 100 years but the group still offers fantastic opportunities for adventure and fun. None of this is possible without the continued support of our committed volunteer leader team and group executive. We are still open to volunteers and new members and you can find out more about what we get up to on our social media channels.”