90 Years of Scouting at Inst!

As 2016 draws to a close, it is fitting to look back on the 90th anniversary celebrations in 74th Belfast (RBAI) Scout Group. Scout Josh Greene and Explorer Scout Ben McKeown gave a whole school assembly close to the actual starting date on February 12th to begin the year’s festivities. Explorer Robert Curry won the badge competition which sees his badge adorn the Inst uniform for the year. 20 members of the Group attended the Icelandic International Jamboree for two weeks in July which you can read more about in this year’s School News.

The main celebratory weekend took place from September 16 to 18th with an anniversary dinner on the Friday evening followed by an anniversary camp at Baronscourt Estate on the Saturday and Sunday. The Anniversary Dinner saw nearly 100 former and present members of the Group and friends join together to reminisce over the 90 years with a look at the latest anniversary booklet produced by former leader Mr Gareth Boreland and Mr Scott. The crowd heard an interesting and humorous address from Lord Carswell as well as other honoured speakers. Former member Sir Kenneth Bloomfield and Lady Bloomfield cut the anniversary cake. The Yellow Door provided a most excellent meal. On the Saturday, a group of Scouts and Explorers travelled down to Baronscourt Estate to camp 1920s style with a lovely bowl of Irish stew cooked over an open fire. It was great to meet up with an old friend of the Group, the Duke of Abercorn, at church on Sunday morning before the group scaled Bessy Bell to commemorate the building of the memorial cairn there to mark the passing of 18 former school Scouts who paid the supreme sacrifice in World War Two.

It goes without saying that we look forward to the next ten years of Scouting at Inst leading up to our centenary.

90th Anniversary Dinner Group 2

90th Anniversary Dinner Group.

Former and present leaders meet at the 90th Anniversary Dinner 2

Former and present leaders meet at the 90th Anniversary Dinner.

The group meets with the Duke of Abercorn at Baronscourt Parish Church. 2

The group meets with the Duke of Abercorn at Baronscourt Parish Church.

The Scouts and Explorers reach the top of Bessy Bell where the memorial cairn was built in 1942 2

The Scouts and Explorers reach the top of Bessy Bell where the memorial cairn was built in 1942.

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